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Rick Santorum Wants to Ban Porn, Declares 'War' on Adult Video Industry

Rick Santorum, who earlier this week told Puerto Ricans to speak English if they wanted to become a state, has continued his tradition of saying wacky shit.

Now, not-so-slick Rick is calling for a war on pornography!

Apparently, vids of naked, consenting adults threaten the very fabric of American society, and the social conservative will not take that lying down.

In a statement recently posted on his website, Santorum says that porn will rot your grey matter and make you hate women: "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences."

And: "Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women."

He says that federal statutes bar the distribution of porn.

If elected president, he promises, he will appoint an attorney general who will go after the industry by enforcing these laws.

(FYI: Santorum is on the ballot for New York's G.O.P. presidential primary, scheduled for April 24. Sure, it's unlikely that Santorum can beat top competitor Mitt Romney, but because the Republican field is still undecided, their showdown in our contest might actually mean something.)

Anyway, we will gladly reproduce his statement in full below -- it kinda speaks for itself -- but not before taking a look back at some of Santorum's other pearls of wisdom.

On birth control: "I think it's harmful to women; I think it's harmful to society...It becomes deconstructed to the point where it's simply pleasure...And that's certainly a part of it--and it's an important part of it, don't get me wrong--but there's a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special."

On women in the military: " I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved...It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that's probably not in the best interest of men, women or the mission."

On rape babies: "I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created -- in the sense of rape -- but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you...[rape victims ought to] make the best of a bad situation."

On the separation of church and state, which made him almost "throw up":"I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute...the idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country..."

On gays: "In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality."

Anyway, we're sure we're missing some -- this is hardly an exhaustive list and we're not the first to attempt this daunting task of cataloguing all the crazy that comes out of this man's mouth (there's just so much Santorum, it's hard to get a handle on it.) Let us know in the comments if we missed anything. And here's the rest of that statement:

America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences. Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children. The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.

Every family must now be concerned about the harm from pornography. As a parent, I am concerned about the widespread distribution of illegal obscene pornography and its profound effects on our culture.

For many decades, the American public has actively petitioned the United States Congress for laws prohibiting distribution of hard-core adult pornography.

Congress has responded. Current federal "obscenity" laws prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier. Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. "If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so."

The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws. While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration.

I proudly support the efforts of the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition that has tirelessly fought to get federal obscenity laws enforced. That coalition is composed of 120 national, state, and local groups, including Morality in Media, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Cornerstone Family Council of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Concerned Women for America, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a host of other groups. Together we will prevail.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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