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Missouri Family E-News September 13, 2010


Craigslist Buckles to Pressure Over "Adult" Ads


Operators of the sleazy website Craigslist have apparently decided to buckle to demands that they remove their "adult services" section. We reported last week that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster had joined 17 other attorneys general in challenging Craiglist to eliminate their "adult services" advertisements. Koster and his colleagues contend that Craigslist is an unbridled online marketplace for prostitution and sexual trafficking. Child protection advocates have dubbed Craigslist as the "Walmart of child sex trafficking." It is estimated that Craigslist earns asa much as 30 percent of its revenue from the "adult" ad postings. Lisa Thompson, a Salvation Army official focused on the abolition of sexual trafficking, says the action is long overdue. "Craigslist is basically a major portal by which people who are seeking to buy sex from adults and children find those who are supplying that need--the pimps and traffickers." "We would be outraged if we walked into the local coffee shop and on the bulletin board there were community announcements advertising 14-year old girls for sex," Thompson adds. "Yet, because it's on the Internet, they think that they get some kind of pass to allow this type of advertising to continue." Craigslist has disabled the "adult services" section in the United States, placing the word "censored" over that category, a reflection of their continuing lack of conscience on the matter. Company officials have refused to comment otherwise on the issue. In the past, company CEO Jim Buckmaster has argued that the ads on Craigslist were no worse than ads in alternative newspapers, which is an indictment rather than a defense. Internet technology experts suggest that the victory for online decency could be a hollow one. M. Ryan Calo, a research fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, says that sexual traffickers will likely move their ads to the "personals" section of Craigslist's website. Calo says that will make it more difficult for law enforcement to monitor. "Instead of being in a small stream, it's going to be in a big ocean," Calo observes. Yet John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says the elimination of the "adult services" section is still an important victory, because it moves sexual solicitation advertising off a highly visible location. Concerned Women for America spokeswoman Janice Crouse points out that Craigslist has not shut down its international "adult services" section.


FCC Appeals Television Indecency Ruling

Americans Still Support Traditional Marriage Americans remain strongly opposed to efforts to redefine marriage, according to the results of a new opinion survey. The poll reveals that Americans are opposed to so-called same-sex "marriage" by nearly a two to one margin. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, finds that 33% support legalization of homosexual "marriage," yet 57% oppose it. The survey also confirms that every single demographic group opposes granting marital status to same-sex "unions." Caucasians oppose homosexual "marriage" by a 58-34 percent margin, Hispanics by a 57-27 percent margin, and African Americans by a 52-34 percent margin. Women oppose same-sex "marriage" by a ratio of 55-35 percent, and men by a ratio of 59-31 percent. The survey shows a noticeable difference of opinion according to age groups. While 61% of those over 65 and 59% of those 46-65 oppose homosexual "marriage," only 52% of those under 30 and 51% of those 30-45 oppose same-sex "marriage." There are even more stark differences of opinion when political preferences are considered. Republicans oppose the redefinition of marriage by an 81-12 percent margin. Independents oppose it by a slight 48-41 percent ratio. But Democrats slightly favor same-sex "marriage" by a 47-40 percent margin. The results of this survey stand in major contrast to other polling trumpeted by the mainstream media. The survey conducted by Public Policy Polling used an automated survey process, while most other polls cited use live interviewers. Public Policy Polling believes the disparity is due to the fact that people are more likely to share their true feelings on an automated poll, as opposed to "the social anxiety concern" they may have with a live interviewer whose reaction they may be concerned about. It is interesting to note that Public Policy Polling is a Democratic consulting firm. They offer this final observation: "The actual votes we have had on same sex "marriage" in states across the country are a more dependable barometer of opinion on the issue than any polling, and they tell the story of an American public still pretty opposed to it."
Federal Judge Orders Inclusion of Homosexuals In U.S. Armed Forces

Services. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has decided that the federal law prohibiting service by open homosexuals violates the federal constitution. Judge Phillips says she will issue an injunction in the next two weeks banning enforcement of the longstanding military policy. State Attorney, Chris Koster Judge Phillips concluded in her decision that the law prohibiting homosexual service harms military readiness and unit cohesion. The judge's opinion stands in stark contrast with all previous studies of the matter which have determined that the inclusion of active homosexuals in the military would be extremely detrimental to cohesion and morale in the service ranks. The most comprehensive study on the matter was conducted in 1993 by a Military Working Group convened by then Secretary of Defense Les Aspin. The group of service professionals met for three months, agreeing that combat effectiveness within the military depends on a unique melding of skills, ethics, culture, and bonding to ensure an effective fighting and defense force. On the subject of homosexuality, the group determined that "the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." The report stated that the presence of open homosexuals would "polarize and fragment the unit and destroy the bonding" that is the building block for unit cohesion.
State Attorney, Chris Koster Other studies have reached similar conclusions. The Center for Strategic and International Studies conducted 125 focus group discussions with military personnel. Their final report stated that "the vast majority of military personnel believe that homosexual men and women serving openly in the military would undermine unit cohesion." Judge Phillips also concluded that the current military policy on homosexuality has "harmed efforts of the all-volunteer military to recruit."
State Attorney, Chris KosterShe claimed that the federal law has resulted in the discharge of over 13,000 members of the armed forces. Once again, Judge Phillips' opinion is in complete contradiction to the overwhelming assessment of military professionals.
State Attorney, Chris KosterEarlier this year, more than 1000 retired flag and general officers sent a letter to President Obama voicing strong endorsement of the current military guidelines. They stated that repeal of the law "would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the all-volunteer force." The Military Working Group concluded that open homosexuality in the military would reduce the incentive for many eligible young Americans to enlist due in part to a tarnished military image. The Group reported that surveys of service members revealed that many would not re-enlist if open homosexuals were admitted to the military. The most recent survey conducted by the Military Times found that as many as 10 percent would definitely abandon the armed services (approximately 142,000 service members). Another 14 percent (approximately 200,000) would consider leaving.
State Attorney, Chris KosterAs to the claim by Judge Phillips that homosexuals are being booted from the armed services in massive numbers, the Military Working Group study found evidence to the contrary. Their report determined that homosexuality only accounted for one-third of one percent of all military discharges. Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, and a former Marine, decried Judge Phillips' decision. "Once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda. This is a decision for Congress to make that should be based upon the input of men and women who serve and those who lead them."
State Attorney, Chris Koster Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the law adopted by Congress in 1993 defining military eligibility requirements with regard to homosexuality. The House was responding to a strong push by President Barack Obama to open the military to declared homosexuals, which he championed in his State of the Union message earlier this year. A U.S. Senate committee has also given approval to the repeal, but it has yet to be taken up by the full Senate. The House acted without waiting for the results of a new Defense Department study of the impact of repeal on the nation's military units. That study commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert Gates is due by December 1st. All current leaders of each of the military branches has expressed opposition to any change in the policy on homosexuality at the present time.
State Attorney, Chris Koster Christian leaders have expressed grave concern over the impact the military's embrace of homosexuality would have on military chaplains. "If the military is forced to promote homosexual behavior, for the first time in American history there will be open conflict between the virtues taught by chaplains and the moral message delivered by the military," says Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. "It is only a matter of time before the military censors the religious expression of its chaplains and marginalizes denominations that teach what the Bible says about homosexual behavior."
State Attorney, Chris Koster The lawsuit was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a longtime homosexual rights organization of professed Republicans. Judge Phillips' decision comes on the heels of the decision by another California federal judge, Vaughn Walker, who ruled that the federal constitution requires legalization of same-sex "marriage." That decision came on the heels of a decision by a federal judge in Wisconsin, Barbara Crabb, who ruled that the U.S. Constitution prohibits observance of a National Day of Prayer.
State Attorney, Chris Koster Of course, none of these assertions can be found in the wording of the U.S. Constitution, nor are they implied in any way. They are the latest instances of judicial dictatorship, in which judges appointed for life impose their personal views and values on the people of this country and its institutions. As someone recently remarked, "America was intended to be a nation governed of, by, and for the people. Instead, we have become a nation governed of, by, and for the judges." We urge you to contact your representatives in Congress to let them know your thoughts on this latest episode of judicial tyranny. You can contact your U.S. Representative at this link: Your Congressman
You can contact Senator Kit Bond through this link: Senator Bond You can contact Senator Claire McCaskill at this link: Senator McCaskill
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