With all due respect to Rep. Paul Broun, this is simply ridiculous. From a message I got this morning:
Subject: Family Fragments :: Fighting Pornography, Saving the Family: Are you subsidizing pornography?
Rep. Broun (GA-10) has submitted HR 5821 which would remove pornography from PX and BX shops on military bases. Most products at these shops are subsidized by your tax dollars.
Recent peer reviewed research shows that men who view pornography are 3 times more likely to have an affair. Our military families have a difficult enough time as it is without having to deal with the psychological effects of pornography addiction.
Help support Congressman Broun. Tell your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 5821.
Now, I’m largely a fan of Paul Broun, but this is really — for lack of a better word — dumb.
The only “pornography” permitted to be sold at military bases is Playboy magazine — hence the roaring trade in sex “literature” and video shops just outside of military base gates the country and world over.
Surely there is something better that a Constitutionally-governing Representative like Paul Broun could be focusing on than further sexually frustrating American service men and women, while attempting to hold them to a higher reading-material standard than the rest of the nation.
Further, speaking of “peer-reviewed studies,” I’d be interested in seeing one that evaluated the prevalence of print-pornography consumption vs. that of online pornography. I’m betting that the latter is far more commonly viewed, including on military bases.
Is an on-post cyberfilter going to be the next suggestion from the usually-libertarian-leaning Rep. Broun?