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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - October 1, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaFlor Nung Fruta thursday october i 1970 divided panel asks repeal of u. S. Censorship Laws Washington a con Len dog . Adult censorship Laws Are ineffective unwarranted often wrongfully enforced and unsupported by most Amer leans a sharply divided presidential commiss on on porno recommended u Ednes Day that they be repealed. It recommended state Laws against Public display of of i scene pictures or their Sale to i children but no similar ban on written matter. And it asked i mass sex education so Ameri cans can frankly and openly Deal with sexual matters on an informed basis. The commission believe1 that there is no warrant for con trued governmental interfere said the commission s 12-member with the full Freedom of adults to read obtain or View whatever male rial they the commission was named in 1967 by president Lyndon b. Johnson at the direction of con Gress. The White House has been at pains to note the commission was not appointed by president Nixon and has in effect disa vowed its findings in Advance this indicates that few if any of its recommendations will be submitted As administration sponsored legislation. The 18-member commission s majority led by chairman Ham b. Lockhart said the spirit and letter of our cons Titu lion prohibit governmental interference unless there is a Clear threat of extensive investigation has produced no evidence either that smut is a significant cause of sex crimes or deviancy or that it corrupt s the nation s moral climate. 8ut three dissenting commissioners accused the majority of recommending moral anarchy and slanting its report in favor of the pornography business. The dissenters including Nix on s Only appointee Charles h. Keating jr., said the purpose of anti obscenity Laws is to protect the Public not individual morality and never was based on what they called the impossible task of proving specific harmful effects. I the commission s majority they asserted is a Magna Carta for the por Nogra Keating and his fellow Dissen ters the Rev. Morton a. Hill of new York City and Winfrey c link of Hermitage recommended Federal Laws against smut vigorous Justice depart ment prosecution of offenders and state film censorship boards across the country. The majority recommended repeal of some 114 Federal and state Laws against importing showing or Selling pornography to adults. It said state Laws against publicly displaying or Selling obscene pictures to children should not attempt to include written material because Litera Ture appropriate for children cannot be legislated and words too offensive for Public display cannot be defined. It asked also rejection of a Senate measure to curb the . Supreme court s jurisdiction Over obscenity saying the courts should not be restricted simply because a vocal major Ity or minority of citizens disa Grees strongly with their Rul Ings. It said a mass sex education program establishing informed healthy sexual attitudes would be a powerful positive approach to blunting the taste for perverted sex information and building a realistic consensus for dealing with sexual matters the commission suggested that its report be widely debated by americans and that its re it said on such a controversial subject is sure to be challenged should be continued and expanded by responsible scientific organizations. The report including the Dis sents runs More than pages. The Gist of its findings had been Learned in Advance. The majority said it consid ered and rejected both the fears of National moral decay and i that Legal pornography for admits would Lead to greater expo i sure to children before concluding that adult censorship Laws i should be repealed. J it said such powerful influences As availability of contraceptives and the changing i american woman s responsible for the current flux in . Sex Ual values. And it contended that disorganized family relationships and bad peer influx determinative factors in sexual crime and deviancy. We do not believe that the objective of protecting it said May justifiably be i achieved at the expense of deny ing adults materials of their Choice. It seems to us wholly in appropriate to adjust the level of adult communication to that considered suitable for Chil the majority said there is no reason to suppose that Legal pornography will greatly alter the smut for hard Core Stag films photo sets and devices sales Are Only million to million. It said evidence is inconclusive whether organized crime has infiltrated ithe Industry. Though tie hard Core Industry Jis Small it said the availability i of obscene sets particularly from the scandinavian coun tries is increasing it said sales for hard Core pornography and some 50 million copies of adults Only paper Back books and magazines in 1969 were 5s7 million to million. It said the Gross for All sexually oriented material in i eluding x and r rated movies i and men s magazines was about i million. About 80 per cent of All men in America and about 70 per cent of All women have seen pornographic material mostly voluntarily the report said. It said about half of All boys under 15 have seen it with girls a year or two behind. Thursday Friday saturday a Divisien of . co., with in United , Canada mice Australia first of the month discounts gunman hungry Benton Harbor Mich a the Way to at least one gunman s heart is through his stomach. 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