Trump Signs Anti-Porn Pledge

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 2, 2016   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Donald Trump is pledging to enforce U.S. obscenity laws protecting children from hardcore online pornography.

On Monday, Trump signed "The Children's Internet Safety Presidential Pledge" written by the organization Enough is Enough (EIE). If he's elected president of the United States, he promises to enforce obscenity laws and create a presidential commission to study the effects of pornograpy on children.

"I applaud Mr. Trump's leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law as demonstrated by his signing of The Children's Internet Safety Presidential Pledge," EIE president Donna Rice Hughes commented. "Making the internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again."

The pledge reads:

If elected President of the United State of America, I promise to:

  1. Uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforcing existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the federal obscenity laws, child pornography laws, sexual predation laws and the sex trafficking laws by: a. appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration and, b. Providing the intelligence community and law enforcement with the resources and tools needed to investigate and prosecute Internet crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
  2. Aggressively enforce the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requiring schools and public libraries using government eRate monies to filter child pornography and pornography by requiring effective oversight by the Federal Communications Commission;
  3. Protect and defend the innocence of America's children by advancing public policies that prevent the sexual exploitation of children in a manner that is consistent with the government’s compelling interest in protecting its most vulnerable citizens, within the limits set forth by the First Amendment.
  4. Give serious consideration to appointing a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of Internet pornography on youth, families and the American culture and the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children in the digital age.
  5. Establish public-private partnerships with Corporate America to step up voluntary efforts to reduce the threat of the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children by the implementation of updated corporate policies and viable technology tools and solutions.  

EIE is a non-profit organization focused on internet pornography, child pornography, sexual predation and cyber bullying. It successfully campaigned businesses like McDonald's and Starbucks to block adult content on their in-store WIFI connections available free to customers.

It was reported earlier that in 2015, over 11 billion hours of porn was watched on the internet. The United States has the highest number of page views, with the United Kingdom, India, Canada and Germany following behind. American consumers account for more than 41 percent of global internet traffic. Also, porn is no longer the vice of men; in the United States nearly a quarter of people who use pornography are women.

The U.S. Department of Justice noted, "Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions."

In April the state of Utah declared pornography a public health crisis, saying "[P]ornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms."

Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate to sign the pledge. Hughes maintains that many administrations have been resistant to enforcing obscenity laws, noting that "President Obama has not enforced the laws at all."

Hillary Clinton has refused to sign, stating that signing pledges is against her policy. Last year, however, she required voters seeking entrance into one of her campaign rallies to sign a pledge promising to vote for her.

 

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