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What The Hell Do You Think They're Fighting For, Anyway?


What with "White Ribbon Against Pornography Week" blissfully over for another year — notice how little attention it got in the papers this year? — the Forces Of All That Is Moral & Decent (tm) have turned their sights to what soldiers can buy at the PX to take their minds off the fact that, any day, they may get ordered into a war zone to get their asses shot off protecting the Constitution that some of us still hold near and dear.

"Dozens of religious and anti-pornography groups have complained to Congress and Defense Secretary Robert Gates that a Pentagon board set up to review magazines and films is allowing sales of material that Congress intended to ban," wrote Peter Eisler in an article in USA Today.

Indeed, a Republican-dominated Congress, feeling their oats after a major mid-term victory in 1996, passed the Military Honor and Decency Act on Dec. 22 of that year, barring post exchanges (PXs) and other stores on military bases from selling "sexually explicit material," which it defined as any film, video or printed matter "the dominant theme of which depicts or describes nudity" or sexual activities "in a lascivious way."

And yet ... soldiers want to see "nudity" and "sexual activities"! And since the stuff's legal, who gives a fuck if they buy it at the PX or at the local Hustler Hollywood? 

Hell, you know who as well as I do:

"They're saying 'we're not selling stuff that's sexually explicit' … and we say it's pornography," said Donald Wildmon, head of the theocon pro-censorship group American Family Association.

But apparently, the PXs do sell some porn — probably Playboy and such, although since these nutbars even consider Cosmopolitan and Redbook to be "sexually explicit," who can be sure? So of course they launched a letter-writing campaign to browbeat Congress to "get the Pentagon to obey the law," in Wildmon's words.

Of course, Nadine Strossen, head of the ACLU, got it right: "We're asking these people to risk their lives to defend our Constitution's principles … and they're being denied their own First Amendment rights to choose what they read," she said.

Yeah! See, losers, it's in Iraq that the women have to wear the burkhas. Maybe y'all would feel more comfortable moving over there!

 







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