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Nevertheless, without indulging in the temptation to make a
detailed but obvious reply to the Positive Approaches Panel Report which
advocates sex education without reference to morality, God, or religion,
I find there are some positive considerations which should be mentioned.
First of all, the United States gives to each and every one of us
a constitutional prerogative heretofore denied to citizens in the history
of nations; namely, the undeniable right of free speech and free press
guaranteed under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to our Constituion.
Throughout history, nations have declined and disappeared coincidental
with the rise of the libertines and the moral anarchists in their midst.
Here one sees a corresponding denial of freedom and liberty to the
dissenting and right-minded people in those societies.
It is historically
accurate to say that those who would free the creatures of vice would
enslave the proponents of decency. Thus, contrary to those nations wherein
free speech was denied as libertines obtained power, in the United States
we are guaranteed--and our courts will protect--our right to speak.
Accordingly, it is possible for me, as a member of this Commission, to
obtain per force my right to dissent.
It is possible for me and every reader
of this opinion to bespeak decency, morality, God--indeed, sanctity and
purity throughout this land.
This, to me,
is a positive approach which I
encourage everyone to take.
In short, be an articulate, outspoken
champion of your principles. That is guaranteed to you: and given your
time and attention, the common sense and the logic of your position will
St. Paul, in a letter to the Ephesians, points out a very positive
approach. He said:
Be imitators of God as very dear children, and follow the
Alexis Carrel makes an excellent point when he says:
Let us send our sons and daughters, but first let us obtain
Perhaps it is a "give-away" that it is included in a report on pornography.
I have seen sex education text books based on Drs. Masters and Johnson.
Such references to the works of those "kooks" for impressionable children
are difficult to comprehend.
In any event, on a recent trip to London, I heard a speech on the
subject by Robert Clegg, Headmaster, Barden Primary School, Burnley,
Lancaster, England, which seemed appropriate to include here, which I
have done as Exhibit "G."
I have reviewed the state of the law on the subject of obscenity. My
review is attached hereto as Exhibit "H."
In view of the all-important role
of law in stopping the pornographers, I intend to submit a comprehensive
brief as a Technical Report. I, therefore, urge a careful reading of
Exhibit "H" hereto; and, further, anyone interested in obtaining a copy of
my brief, etc. in the Technical Reports may obtain same by inquiring of
Citizens for Decent Literature, Inc., 5670 Wilshire Boulevard, Los
Angeles, California 90036.
The real problem in stopping the pornographers obviously lies with
the Federal Courts, and especially the United States Supreme Court.
judges of these Courts simply have not looked at the facts in a realistic
fashion: by their commissions and omissions they have dictated a level
of public morality which relegates us to an animalistic, pagan society.
The actions of the Courts bring to mind the words of G. K.
Chesterton, who, referring to Blatchford's remarks that "no English judge
would accept the evidence for the Resurrection," answered:
Possibly Christians do not have such an extravagant
Another good indication of the problem was given on September 28,
1970, when a defense attorney, arguing a Petition for Removal in the
Federal Court (Southern District of Ohio, Western Division), stated in
I have never won an obscenity case in the Common Pleas
As I completed my Legal Report, a national closed-circuit video
production of the two-hour sex show which I previously referred to in
this Report, called "Oh! Calcutta!" was being telecast into numerous
cities in the United States.
It will, according to Rodney Erickson, President
of Color Media Communications Corporation, gross approximately four
million dollars as a result of its one-night showing (Variety, September 23,
These figures are very significant when one considers that
"Airport," a top-grossing movie for the year 1970, has only reached
twelve million dollars gross after showing for a ten-month period.
The pornographers thus have found a new market to exploit in their
perpetual quest of disseminating filth for profit.
Despite thousands upon thousands of complaints by the American
people who cry out daily to their governmental representatives for
protection from the pornographers, the Federal Communications Com
mission and other governmental agencies in the United States have refused
and, in fact, took no action to stop this telecast, stating they were power
less under the existing laws to prevent such a showing. If this is true,
we are entering a new era of mass dissemination of pornography.
How far are we away from "Oh! Calcutta!" being beamed into
our living rooms?
Obviously, this is an area which merits serious
consideration by the Congress of the United States, and I specifically
recommend, in the national interest, that Congress investigate and enact
legislation to prevent the pollution of our airwaves.
At a time when the spread of pornography has reached epidemic
proportions in our country and when the moral fiber of our nation seems
to be rapidly unravelling, the desperate need is for enlightened and
intelligent control of the poisons which threaten us -- not the declaration
of moral bankruptcy inherent in the repeal of the laws which have been
the defense of decent people against the pornographer for profit.
To deny the need for control is literally to deny one's senses,
unless such denial is based upon a conclusion that there is nothing evil
or dangerous about pornographic material.
For a Presidential Commission
to have labored for two years at the expense to the taxpayers of almost
two million dollars and arrive at the conclusion that pornography is harm
less must strike the average American as the epitome of government
Credit the American public with enough common sense to know that
one who wallows in filth is going to get dirty. This is intuitive knowledge.
Those who will spend millions of dollars to tell us otherwise must be
malicious or misguided, or both.
The Congress of the United States created a Presidential Commission