Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Military Honor and Decency

The Militay Honor and Decency Act of 1996, 10 U.S.C. § 2489a, prohibits "the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense," which includes military stores (called post and/or base exchanges).

Last year a Department of Defense committee ruled that magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse are not considered pornographic in nature. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., has proposed new legislation to change the wording in that Act which would ban the sale of those magazines as well as others. I support his effort.

The annual multi-billion dollar pornography industry is filled with ruined lives, addiction and criminal activity. Allowing such smut to be freely circulated by those in our military service, and even seemingly encouraged by the DoD, is beneath the dignity and goodness that should be expected of them. As diplomats and ambassadors to all nations, those in military uniform must do the things which indeed promote Military Honor and Decency.

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