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Utah Governor Endorses Anti-Porn Campaign

Utah Governor Endorses Anti-Porn Campaign

According to a Brigham Young University news release, Governor Jon Huntsman has endorsed a Mormon campaign to declare February "White Ribbon Against Pornography Month" in the state of Utah.

"We cannot take the issue of pornography lightly; it is poison," said Cindy Moreno of Communities for Decency, a non-profit organization spearheading the effort. "A little bit of poison is bad for you, just like a little bit of pornography is bad for you."

As part of the campaign, Communities for Decency is sponsoring an art contest in which students are invited to submit "an original art piece with slogan, which effectively illustrates internet dangers and or safety tips." The organization is offering a $500 prize for the winning entry, which will be displayed on an interstate highway billboard.

Moreno and her supporters have also produced "Pornography – The Great Lie," an educational anti-porn DVD for high school classroom use.

Inspired by a Catholic anti-porn sermon, churchgoer Norma Norris conceived the idea for the so-called WRAP campaign in 1987. Sporting a white ribbon as "a symbol of decency," local supporters banded together to applaud the bulldozing of an adult retail outlet. New York-based Morality in Media co-opted the white-ribbon idea soon thereafter, organizing similar efforts nationwide.

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