Pornography has become a key, controversial aspect of the Republican Party’s platform which was ratified at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday.
The Republican platform states, “The internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being. We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participations. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography, which is closely linked to human trafficking.”
Earlier this year, Utah began movement against pornography, at the legislative level, when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography to be a “public health hazard” in April.
RNC delegates speak out against pornography
“I don’t believe that it’s good for the family,” said Utah delegate Chris Herrod. “Most of Utahans believe that it negatively harms families. So, it’s great to see Utah do that. But you have to also balance it with making sure that we don’t inadvertently do something that will restrict the right of religion on the internet.”
Idaho state Rep. Ron Nate said pornography’s negative effects should be addressed.
“We do have a problem with pornography in America,” Nate said. “Especially with our youth, and it does destroy lives. It would be great if the Republican party could come out with a strong statement on morality in the United Sates.”
David Barton, author and delegate for the state of Texas, said there are consequences to not promoting moral behavior.
“You have to take a moral stand in certain places,” Barton said. “There was a period of time up until, really, the seventies where you promoted morality and you saw the health problems go a lot lower. So, when you’re saying there’s no consequence to any behavior and you’re encouraging that behavior, you’ve got to pay for it somewhere.”
The importance of millennials making their opinions heard
“It’s huge for millennials to be out and voicing their opinions,” Barton said. “I think, number one, 42 percent of the voters in this election will be millennials — students. It’s really important for those, because they have so many good values. We’re at a point in time where people don’t voice what they think because they think everybody else’s opinion is equal, but some opinion’s going to win, and those who have an opinion need to speak out with it.”