Pro-Life group relocates event due to hotel’s pay-per-view porn!

Pro-life group relocates event due to hotel’s pay-per-view porn!

Absorbs cancellation fee rather than send the wrong message.

Copied below is a story, which was encouraging to us, and which we believe will uplift and possibly challenge you.

Graphic, hardcore pornographic movies – a part of the in-room, pay-per-view service of most major hotel chains – adversely affect families on multiple levels. Among them:

  • Individual lives are devastated and families dismantled as a result of a pornography addiction triggered when a man traveling alone gives into the temptation to view a pornographic movie.
  • Children inadvertently can be exposed to graphic, hardcore images that can have long-term emotional consequences.
  • The availability of such movies creates an unsafe environment for women traveling alone.

If you are connected to an organization or corporation that schedules events or books lodging in hotels that offer adult pay-per-view movies, challenge them to follow this example and take their business elsewhere.

Pro-life group relocates banquet due to hotel’s TV porn
BY SUE SCHULZETENBERG
FOR THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT , official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Just weeks before its annual Culture of Love banquet, Prolife Across America has pulled its reservation at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville and is moving to another location because the hotel offers patrons “pay-per-view” pornographic movies.

The event, still scheduled for May 6, will now be held at St. John the Baptist church in New Brighton. In addition to the last-minute rescheduling and planning, Prolife Across America is also losing $3,000 in cancellation fees.

Mary Ann Kuharski, the organization’s director, said Prolife Across America’s board of directors supported her decision to cancel after she learned this year about the pay-per-view offerings from one of the organization’s supporters.

“For our organization to in any way support that kind of [pornographic pay-per-view] material is very inconsistent with our position to be supportive to families and to helpless or vulnerable people,” she said.

Kuharski said she was also disappointed to learn that the Carlson Corporation, which owns the Radisson, is a contributor to Planned Parenthood.

She has written letters expressing her objections to both the Radisson Hotel and Carlson Corporation.

Sending a message

The annual banquet was held at the Radisson in Roseville the last three years. The hotel was in a convenient location, offered an excellent catering service and was a place where some supporters could spend the night following the event, Kuharski said.

Father Tom Knoblach, pastor of Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St. John Cantius parishes in St. Cloud and a member of the Prolife Across America advisory board, said he fully supports the decision to change locations.

“It says that the connections and involvements of corporations matter to an educated public,” he said. “We have the right to choose our own involvement with those corporations, to send a message by where we spend our money and what kinds of alignments we choose.”

Christine Klaesges, a member of the Prolife Across America board of directors and a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, said she also supports the decision.

“We’re getting a lot of good feedback,” she said. “It was hard to change tracks when you’ve got something else set, but now we’re all set and ready to go, and we’re really happy we changed venues.”

Scott Henning, general manager of the Roseville hotel, said pay-per-view adult channels are included in a package from the hotel’s cable provider. He added that offering the movies as a choice for guests has not been an issue in the past, but the Radisson will now take another look at its cable contract.

“We have contacted our provider and asked them about it, to see if they were willing to drop that package with our lineup,” he said. “They may or may not; if they do not, we may have to play out the term of our agreement and take a look at it when the new agreement comes into play,” he said.

Online help

To help consumers, the Web site cleanhotels.com allows people to search and book hotels that do not offer pay-per-view pornography.

About 10,000 to 12,000 hotels are included on the Web site. But the prevalence of hotels that offer pay-per-view pornography is estimated to be at least as high.

Chris Myer, who works for a technology company that helps with cleanhotels.com, said LodgeNet, which is one of the main providers of premium movie services including, pay-per-view pornography, serves more than 10,000 hotels in the United States.

He believes that pay-per-view pornography is offered in most of the hotels that use LodgeNet’s services.

“We realize that there are travelers, whether with their families or traveling for business purposes, who want to stay in a facility that does not offer the hardcore pay-per-view pornography that many hotels offer today,” said David Miller, vice president of public policy for Citizens for Community Values, of which cleanhotels.com is a project.

“Not only do they not want the temptation, they do not want other guests viewing this type of material and possibly creating a safety risk for them,” he said.

In addition, many hotel patrons do not want the risk that their children will accidentally access pay-per-view pornography, he said.

The “Culture of Love” banquet is a fundraiser that brings pro-life supporters together and builds enthusiasm for the cause. This year, it will feature a keynote speech by Archbishop John Nienstedt.

CleanHotels.com is one of the projects supported by tax-exempt donations to Citizens for Community Values. To make a much needed donation in support of this and other pro-family campaigns, click here.