Thursday, August 24, 2006

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From Coalition of conservative groups believe hotel porn may be prosecutable:

A coalition of conservative groups that "strongly believe" hotel porn is prosecutable have issued an "urgent appeal" to the Department of Justice to "immediately investigate" two leading in-room adult movie distributors, RAW STORY has found.

"Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America's hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown," David Cary reports for the Associated Press.

"A coalition of 13 conservative groups — including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America — took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws," Cary writes.

The advertisment featured a remote control above two outstretched, handcuffed hands.


At its Website, the coalition provides a list of offensive adult videos offered by OnCommand and Lodge Net, including such titles as MILK and COOKIES after School, Hustler’s ALL GIRL Slumber Party, and Bi Bi American Pie.

"The lists speak for themselves," Citizens for Community Values President Phil Burress said in a press release. "This is not mere nudity. We’re talking about every conceivable form of degrading, distorted sex."


Although the advertisement didn't single out any hotel chains "by name because of legal concerns," a spokesman for Hilton slammed the coalition for targeting adult entertainment.

"Really ultraconservative groups try to target the hotels in their zest to eliminate porn," Hilton's Kathy Shepard told the A.P. "In their zest to have their personal morals prevail, they're eliminating choice for others."

"If what begins with a click can end as a registered sex offense, it's time we rethink hardcore porn," the ad said (PDF link).

Read the rest at Raw Story.


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