Liberalism and pornography
History of legality
The United States Supreme Court when liberal California RINO Earl Warren was Chief Justice was known for its consistent liberal rulings, typically with Warren joined by Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, and William Brennan in creating a majority that would always decide a case no matter what the other four justices thought.
Memoirs v. Massachusetts
- For a more detailed treatment, see Memoirs v. Massachusetts.
In the Supreme Court ruling for Memoirs v. Massachusetts, Justices Brennan, Fortas, Brennan, Black, Douglas, and Stewart made up the majority opinion that expanded the legality of pornographic "literature", protecting them unless they had "no literary value". The three dissents came from Justices Byron White, Tom Clark, and John Harlan II.
Per the conclusion of Brennan on the ruling in concurrence with Warren and Fortas:
|“|| 1. Under the test in Roth v. United States, 354 U. S. 476, as elaborated in subsequent cases, each of three elements must independently be satisfied before a book can be held obscene: (a) the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest in sex; (b) the material is patently offensive because it affronts contemporary community standards relating to the description or representation of sexual matters, and (c) the material is utterly without redeeming social value. P. 383 U. S. 418.
2. Since a book cannot be proscribed as obscene unless found to be utterly without redeeming social value, the Supreme Judicial Court erroneously interpreted the federal constitutional standard. Pp. 383 U. S. 419-420.
3. On the premise, not assessed here, that it has the requisite prurient appeal, is patently offensive, and has only a modicum of social importance, evidence of commercial exploitation of the book for the sake of prurient appeal to the exclusion of all other values.
Justice Douglas wrote:
|“|| 1. Since the First Amendment forbids censorship of expression of ideas not linked with illegal action, Fanny Hill cannot be proscribed. Pp. 383 U. S. 426; 383 U. S. 427-433.
2. Even under the prevailing view of the Roth test the book cannot be held to be obscene in view of substantial evidence showing that it has literary, historical, and social importance. P. 383 U. S. 426.
3. Since there is no power under the First Amendment to control mere expression, the manner in which a book that concededly has social worth is advertised and sold is irrelevant. P. 383 U. S. 427.
4. There is no basis in history for the view expressed in Roth that "obscene" speech is "outside" the protection of the First Amendment. Pp. 383 U. S. 428-431.
5. No interest of society justifies overriding the guarantees of free speech and press and establishing a regime of censorship. Pp. 383 U.S. 431-433.
According to statistics in 2018 from a pornographic site listing which states used them the most, the highest viewership per capita came from Washington, D.C., which is extremely left-wing; following it was Illinois, Georgia, and Nevada. The lowest page views per capita was Arkansas, a very conservative state.
According to the report, the age group that accounted for the most pornography web traffic were millennials, who tend to be politically more liberal than older generations. Millennials are also significantly less religious.
- See: Liberal deceit
Many liberals attempt to counter the relation between pornography and the political left by claiming that conservatives supposedly consume pornography at a higher rate. These claims ignore and whitewash the fact that pornography and sexual immorality in general is contrary to conservative Christian principles and has roots in leftist ideologies that expanded during the sexual revolution.
It's furthermore important to note that three-fourths of people who identify as Christians admit to watching pornography. This is a result of the general declining influence of biblical Christian values among younger generations that began since the mid-1900s, further perpetuated with liberal, anti-American Supreme Court rulings including Engel v. Vitale, which outlawed classroom prayer.
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