Letter to President encourages enforcement of federal obscenity laws

Letter to the President Encourages More Aggressive
Enforcement of Obscenity Laws

For the sake of the most vulnerable victims:  our children.

Copied below is a letter to President Bush, which I – on your behalf – signed, along the directors of 78 other profamily organizations across the nation.

Most of our work to curb the insidious, devastating affect that the proliferation of hardcore pornography is taking on our culture focuses on Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

However, success at the state and local levels demands cooperation at the federal level.  So I continue to meet with national and state leaders to coordinate strategy.

Through this letter you have joined hands with 25 million families in asking our president to make consistent and aggressive prosecution of existing federal obscenity laws a priority for the Department of Justice and the FBI, which Congress has charged with that responsibility.

September 1, 2006

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC  20500

Dear Mr. President:

Greetings.  We are writing to you on a matter of great importance, one on which we know you agree with us.  That matter is the widespread availability of illegal, obscene material and its effect on our culture.  So-called “adult” hardcore pornography continues to inflict incalculable damage on children and families.  It contributes to the destruction of marriage, the demeaning of both women and men, and the sexual exploitation of children and adults.  We are compelled, then, by this ongoing victimization to ask you to expand the Administration’s crackdown on this scourge.

To discuss this issue further, we respectfully request to meet with you at the earliest opportunity.  We have organized successful efforts in communities all across America to stop the spread of pornography.  However, based on many years of experience, we know that it is crucial to have the Federal Government vigorously enforce obscenity laws.  We saw what an incredible difference efforts by the Department of Justice made in the enforcement of obscenity laws under your father and President Reagan.  Current research shows that the public still strongly desires greater enforcement of these statutes:

·        82 percent of American adults surveyed said that federal laws against Internet obscenity should be vigorously enforced (Wirthlin Worldwide, March 2004).

·        77 percent of adults polled supported the DOJ’s crackdown on obscene material (Harris Interactive, November 2005).

Your help is essential because pornographers and sexual predators are increasingly targeting America’s most vulnerable citizens: our children.  A recent report revealed 33 percent of youth had unwanted exposure to sexual material online in the past year, and 1 in 7 youth received unwanted sexual solicitations during the same period (“Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later,” Internet Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire).  If we allow obscenity to go unchecked in our nation, it will only fuel this tragic exploitation.

We urge you to once again speak out publicly against illegal obscenity.  A meeting with the nation’s anti-pornography leaders would afford an ideal forum to accomplish this goal.  We also request that your Administration step up its enforcement of federal obscenity laws by providing FBI field assistance to obscenity prosecutions and furnishing the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force at the DOJ with several additional prosecutors along with greater resources.  We applaud Attorney General Gonzales and Brent Ward for their initial efforts though the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, but we recommend that the work of this vital office be expanded.

Thank you for considering the importance of this issue.  We value the Administration’s accomplishments in the fight against illegal obscenity thus far and trust that we can discuss ways to partner with you on this crucial endeavor to further protect children and families.  God bless you, Mr. President.

Most sincerely,

Alan E. Sears

Former Executive Director

Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography

James C. Dobson, Ph.D.

Founder and Chairman

Focus on the Family

Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

Richard Cizik

Vice President

National Assoc. of Evangelicals

Gary Bauer

President

American Values

Donald E. Wildmon

Founder and Chairman

American Family Association

Donna M. Hughes

Professor & Carlson Endowed Chair

University of Rhode Island

Phil Burress

President

Citizens for Community Values

Dr. Richard Land

President

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Robert Peters

President

Morality in Media

New York, New York

Richard A. Viguerie

Chairman

Conservative HQ.com

Reverend William Owens

President/Founder

Coalition of African American Pastors

Jan LaRue

Chief Counsel,

Concerned Women for America

Rick Schatz

President and CEO

National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families

Donna Rice Hughes

President

Enough is Enough

Bill Johnson

American Decency Association

Michael J. DePrimo

Senior Litigation Counsel

American Family Association

Center for Law & Policy

Charlie Butts

Religion Editor

USA Radio Network

Susan Liang

Independent Scholar

Honolulu, Hawaii

Pastor Rod Parsley

Founder & President

Center for Moral Clarity

Debbie Stacy

Executive Director

Center for Moral Clarity

Patrick Mangan

Executive Director

Citizens for Community Values of Indiana

Joseph Sergio

President

Citizens for Community Values of Indiana

Matt & Melanie Larson

Guardian of Angels Foundation

Mike Hein

Administrator

Christian Civic League of Maine

Gary Glenn

President

American Family Association

Michigan

Jennifer McLaughlin

Vice President

Be A Child’s Hero Foundation & Network

Shaleen Horrocks

Executive Director

Paul & Lisa Program

Westbrook, CT

Joe Glover

President

Family Policy Network, Inc.

Tom Shields

Chairman

Coalition for Marriage and Family

Steven W. Fitschen

President

The National Legal Foundation

Claudia Barlow

Consultant to Medicine on Human Trafficking

Dr. Rukhsana B. Tak-Khan

Ph.D. Law (Research)

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Kathy Kramer

PO Box 409

Larkspur, CO 80118

Adam McManus

Host of “Take A Stand”

AM 630, KSLR Radio

San Antonio, Texas

Laura Christensen, LISW

Solution-Focused Services

Santa Fe, NM

John Stemberger

President & General Counsel

Florida Family Policy Council

Peggy S. Birchfield

President of the Religious Freedom Action Coalition

William J. Murray

Chairman

Religious Freedom Coalition

Captain Isaiah Allen

Commanding Officer

The Salvation Army – Easton Corps.

Nancy Parker

Milwaukee, WI

Diane Gramley

President

American Family Association of Pennsylvania

Roger Young

Special Agent, FBI retired

Roger Young Consulting

Reno, Nevada

Larry Cirignano

Executive Director

CatholicVote.org

Stephen J Ensley

Executive Director

Cleanwww Inc. aka AFO.net

Niceville FL 32578

Dr. Keith Wiebe

President

American Association of Christian Schools

James L. Lambert

TV talk show host

Carl K. Crowe

President and State Director

American Family Association

New Jersey

Douglas P. Stiegler

Executive Director

Association of Maryland Families

Kent Ostrander

The Family Foundation of Kentucky

Thomas R. Rodgers

Detective Lieutenant (retired)

Indianapolis Police Department

Chuck Hurley

President

Iowa Family Policy Center

TJ Nichols

Nichols-Hybrid Design, Inc.

Naples, Florida

Captain (Dr) Cindy-Lou Drummond

The Salvation Army

Oil City, PA

Robert Regier

Executive Director

South Dakota Family Policy Council

Randall Murphree

Editor, AFA Journal

Gregory Carlin

Director

Irish Anti-Trafficking Coalition

David E. Smith

Executive Director

Illinois Family Institute

D. Bryan Wickens

President

Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana, Inc. (“ROCK”)

Michael N. Duff

President

United Families Idaho

Dr. Carl Herbster

President

AdvanceUSA

Keith S. Fimian

Chairman & Founder

U.S. Inspect, LLC

Bill Brooks

President

North Carolina Family Policy Council

Richard Bott. President and

Richard Bott, II, Executive Vice President

Bott Radio Network

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Gene Mills

Executive Director

Louisiana Family Forum

Attorney David Gibbs III

Gibbs Law Firm, P.A., Florida

Cathi Herrod

President

The Center for Arizona Policy

Maurine Proctor

President

Family Leader Network

Tim Echols

President

TeenPact

Ron Shuping

Executive VP of Programming

The Inspiration Television Networks

Bobbie Patray

President

Tennessee Eagle Forum

Rev. Duane Motley

Executive Director

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms

Len Deo

New Jersey Family Policy Council

Margaret Purvis,

Chair

Faces of Children Ministry

Midland, TX

Gayle Christie

Houston, Texas

Norma Jeter

Spring, Texas

Deany Meinke

Houston, Texas

Patrick A. Trueman

Former Chief

Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

U.S. Dept. of Justice