NEW YORK, May 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, May 19,
pro-decency and pro-family organizations will hold a Prayer Breakfast (8 to
9 am) and Conference (9 to 11 am) at the National Press Club (Murrow Room)
to call attention to U.S. Justice Department and FBI obscenity law
enforcement policies that undermine Government's ability to strengthen the
family, protect children from pornography and curb sexual exploitation of
children and sexual trafficking. The Conference will be followed by an
orderly demonstration at the Justice Dept. (950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) from
11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The Press are invited. Speakers will be available for
questions after the Conference and at the Demonstration.
Ted Baehr, President, Christian Film & TV Commission
Larry Cirignano, Founder, CatholicVote.org
Janice Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Beverly LaHaye Institute
Brad Curl, President, Athletes & Business for Kids
Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Spokesperson, Rabbinical Alliance of America
Mike McManus, Co-Founder, Marriage Savers
Robert Peters, President, Morality in Media
Maureen Proctor, President, Family Leader Network
Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow (Legal Studies), Family Research Council
Sarah Seitz, Esq., Liberty Counsel
Arthur Taylor, Past President, CBS, Inc.
Aaron Titus, Board Member, Maryland Coalition Against Pornography
Pat Trueman, former Chief, U.S. Justice Department's Child Exploitation
& Obscenity Section
Daniel Weiss, Senior Analyst for Media & Sexuality, Focus on the Family
Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women for America
Ralph Yarro, Founder, CP80 Foundation
Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media had the following
"There is still time for the Bush Administration to make needed changes
so that the Justice Department's Obscenity Prosecution Task Force can begin
to fulfill its vital mission. That Task Force is now hampered by inadequate
staffing, a Justice Department seemingly more afraid of losing an obscenity
case than of losing the war against obscenity, an FBI policy that permits
investigation of only the most extreme cases, U.S. Attorneys who won't
enforce obscenity laws.
"We recognize that the Bush Administration has prosecuted more
commercial distributors of hardcore 'adult' pornography than its
predecessor. But that doesn't change the fact that there haven't been
nearly enough cases to stem the floodtide of destructive obscenity.
"We want the next President to know that failure to vigorously enforce
federal obscenity laws is undermining government efforts to, among other
things, strengthen the family, protect children from pornography, curb
sexual exploitation of children and curb sexual trafficking.
"We also we want the next President to know that widespread
availability of obscene materials is not proof of community acceptance.
According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive in April 2008, 75% of
adult Americans said they would support the next President were he or she
to 'do all in his or her constitutional power to ensure that federal
obscenity laws are enforced vigorously against commercial distributors of
"We have asked the Presidential candidates to make their views known
about vigorous enforcement of federal obscenity laws. The American people
deserve an honest answer."
SOURCE Morality in Media