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Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

It surprised you Jan, that Las Vegas holds an adult video expo? You are easily surprised then.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

"The effects of each of these industries [drugs and porn] ruin life and cause crime and violence. Why are not both industries illegal?"

Certain forms of pornography are already illegal, just as are certain drugs. But as experience has taught us (e.g. prohibition), making something illegal does not necessarily prevent its occurrence. What is needed is to work on the demand side of the equation as much as on the supply side.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

As tasteless as we may think that Adult Expo is, it's consenting adults putting the free market to work. Isn't that what conservatives are supposed to like?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"The effects of each of these industries [drugs and porn] ruin life and cause crime and violence. Why are not both industries illegal?"

Guns don't kill people, doped up porn lookers kill people?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The call of the american conservative. Big government, regulating people and industry.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Looking at it the other way: It's free market capitalism at it's best.
It creates jobs and enriches the wealthy. It also fuels technology (VCRs and DVDs are largely the result of that industry).
Plus, the people who make money pay taxes. And that's what it's all about.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

If you want to do away with pornography (a noble goal) it must be done by attacking the demand, not the supply.

Attacking supply just creates an underground black market that cannot be regulated.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The war that all of us fights every day of our lives is whether we allow "appetites and passions" to rule us or whether we are willing to subject ourselves to "eternal law" that requires that we learn to master our physical bodies.

Pornography appeals to our "appetites and passions", our baser instincts. It does not require that we put on any form of "godliness". Restraining our physical bodies is the "war" that each of us needs to "win".

Pornography will probably always be around us. We can choose to embrace it or to ignore it. People who value the principles given to us by our Creator will avoid all forms of pornography. They will embrace eternal truths that keep them from destroying themselves, their families, and society.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

As we all learned from the gun debate...

New laws and regulations will do nothing. We must all do nothing and hope that this problem resolves itself.

It's hilarious to watch those who preached this during the gun debate now suddenly ask for the moon when it comes to porn.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

There are many who think that eternal laws don't apply to them. There are many who think that they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want.

That philosophy is in direct conflict with the "giver" of laws.

If we want a good and decent society, we must demand that pornography be eliminated. We must recognize that those who promote pornography, that those who participate in pornography, that those who use pornography as a substitute for normal and natural intimate relations within marriage are those who are destroying our society.

They can protest that they have the "right" to destroy themselves; they they have the "right" to destroy society; that they have the "right" to see abused women made to do anything for anyone at anytime, but they forget that all of us are accountable to the Creator for our thoughts and our actions.

We need to rise above all things that would debase us. We need to learn to become the best people that we can become.

Being "base" is easy. Learning to control ourselves takes effort. We need to expend that effort.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . consenting adults . . . . Isn't that what conservatives are supposed to like?"

Yeah -- and cynical, predatory criminals, hurting vulnerable children and adults for profit. Isn't that what liberals are supposed to hate?

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

@procuradorfiscal
children in porn should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Its not helpful for the conversation. Extreme examples of porn only fuel a moderates view, which is not a one sided witch hunt against pornographers.
There are already many laws in place to prosecute extreme sex acts.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "There are already many laws in place to prosecute extreme sex acts."

Hint -- they're not working.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Let me see...It's bad to look at a nude body, but okay to have an AK 47. Hmmm....

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "It's bad to look at a nude body, but okay to have an AK 47."

Yeah. So what was your question?

wrz
Pheonix, AZ

@Curmudgeon:
"What is needed is to work on the demand side of the equation as much as on the supply side."

No, no, Curmudge. What's needed is to work on the production side... females who shed their duds and pose in front of the camera. There's the real problem. As soon as they stop doing this the problem is mostly solved. Women are the real culprits in the porn issue, not men. But, of course, we can't pick on the poor hapless women now can we? They have it tough enough as it is.

@Darrel:
"If you want to do away with pornography (a noble goal) it must be done by attacking the demand, not the supply."

No, no, Darrel. See above.

@Mike Richards:
The war that all of us fights every day of our lives is whether we allow 'appetites and passions'..."

That's true, Mike. Whenever I see a beautiful sunset in the western skies I quickly turn my face away and shut my eyes so I won't be caught up in the passion of the moment.

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