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Readers' responses to the Marriott pornography decision

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 9 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

"As a Marriott Rewards member with nearly a million points to use, I hope they will give the suggestion you made in your column some serious consideration. Thank you for writing about it. I then followed up by calling Marriott Rewards at (800) 450-4442 and asked them to connect me with Marriott Customer Service. They did, and, again, I thanked them and urged them to hit the kill switch immediately. Interestingly, the first person I talked to had no idea Marriott had done this and was more than happy to help get me to the right people."

7. "Thank you for your article in Mormon Times. I appreciate you articulating what many of us were thinking. I remember years ago I was shocked to learn that adult videos were available in Marriott hotels. I was fresh out of BYU, and I couldn't imagine that they were the same Marriotts who the BYU Marriott center is named after. I actually concluded that it must be a different Marriott family or that they had sold the hotel and name to others who did not share their beliefs." 

This is just a sampling of the responses I've received. Clearly there's a consensus as to the right choice: Eliminate porn from all Marriott hotel rooms, and do it in an expeditious manner.

I am far from a technical expert, but five years seems an unreasonable amount of time. If they discovered a nasty chemical in their hotels, I guarantee you they would have a solution for it immediately. To me, pornography is like a "poisonous chemical" with dire consequences for those who view it.

Over the last 25 years I have treated many who have paid a heavy price because of their addiction to pornography. It has destroyed marriages, families, careers and ultimately the very individuals who engaged in it. I realize it is naive to say that we can stop its spread; it is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and it continues to grow and spread to every fiber of our communities and lives. However, it is not naive to say let's remove it from the hotels we stay in.

Perhaps if the hugely popular Marriott chain follows the example of the Omni hotel chain, others will emulate them. I would like to envision a time when families checking in to their hotel rooms don't have to worry about porn.

I urge you to raise your collective voices and contact them. Together we can make a difference: one e-mail at a time, one phone call at a time. This is one cause we can all be united about!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

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