Larry Flynt

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The pornographer Larry Flynt is an atheist.[1][2] See: Atheism and hedonism (photo obtained from Wikimedia Commons, see: license agreement)

Larry Flynt is the founder of the immoral and pornographic magazine Hustler. Flynt is an atheist[3][4] See also: Atheism and pornography

In 1998, Larry Flynt took out an ad in the Washington Post offering a $1 million reward for scandalous stories that could be used to smear Clinton critics as the impeachment of President Bill Clinton was looming.[5] Bill Clinton later thanked Flynt for saving his presidency.[6]

In 2003, Arena magazine magazine listed Flynt as #1 on the "50 Powerful People in Porn" list.[7] Flynt is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained from a 1978 assassination attempt by the serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.[8][9]

Since founding the magazine, Flynt has become an advocate of a liberal conception of free speech, under which profanity and pornography are classed as protected speech.

Flynt acquired national status when he published a satirical article defaming, in disgusting terms, preacher Jerry Falwell. Falwell sued Flynt, but lost in the Supreme Court, when the ACLU defended him. The case was dramatized in the 1996 film The People v. Larry Flynt, directed by Milos Forman, with Woody Harrelson as the notorious editor. Since Flynt's case, slanderous satire has been presumed acceptable as free speech.

Flynt, a longtime Democratic party activist and donor, endorsed and contributed to Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton has not repudiated the endorsement nor returned the money despite allegations from Flynt's eldest daughter she had been sexually abused as a child by her father.[10]


Notes

  1. Flynt writes, "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism": see the epilogue of Flynt and Ross
  2. "I am not saying he don't believe in God. I am just saying I don't believe in God. That puts me at odds with him." Larry King Live, January 10, 1996
  3. Flynt writes, "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism": see the epilogue of Flynt and Ross
  4. "I am not saying he don't believe in God. I am just saying I don't believe in God. That puts me at odds with him." Larry King Live, January 10, 1996
  5. Robert J. Caldwell, "Scorched Earth; Clinton's allies trigger the `Doomsday Machine' against his enemies The San Diego Union-Tribune, G-4 (Jan. 17, 1999)
  6. It’s Poker Night With Larry Flynt! Porn King Discourses on Sex, Gore, By Andrew Goldman, New York Observer, 08/28/00
  7. Larry Flynt - One News Page
  8. Flynt and Ross, pp. 170–171.
  9. Larry Flynt - One News Page
  10. Flynt-Vega, Tonya (1998). Hustled. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-22114-0. Retrieved on November 22, 2013.