Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Porn and Polymorphous Pervert...Horse and Carriage

Yah.

One of the Great Unmentioneds midst conservatives is the fact that porn has deleterious effects. Affirming that fact generally leads to contentious debates, because some vocal and influential conservatives seem to value "free expression" very highly. On top of that, those same conservatives are not willing to concede that viewing porn leads to problematic acting out in many cases.

Tell it to Tony Balistreri's victims:

In sometimes graphic detail, an 18-year-old man testified Monday about how former Pewaukee Ald. Anthony C. Balistreri introduced him to pornography when he was 11 or 12, plied him with alcohol to ease his inhibitions and ultimately sexually assaulted him.

He testified that Balistreri performed oral sex on him at a motel in Portage where they were staying during a hunting trip. He said Balistreri sodomized him ...

But Tony was an equal-opportunity porn addict:

Balistreri, now of Burlington, was charged in March with taking nude photos of the girl in 2002, encouraging the child to have sex with boys her age during the same period and with having sex with the now-17-year-old girl in February while free on bail on earlier charges and awaiting trial.

And Tony didn't seem to discriminate by age, either:

In another criminal complaint, Balistreri is charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

Thinking conservatives ought to re-shape their "harmless diversion" theory, and do so quickly.

2 comments:

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

But what can they do, as porn will inevitably cite First Amendment rights, as the equally deleterious Gangsta/Pimp Hip-Hop culture has.
Art, these days, is a Weapon of Mass Spiritual Destruction.

Dad29 said...

Hate to be picky, Jimbob, but using the term "Art" in conjunction with hiphop or porn ...

"Free expression" ALSO does not include ridiculing Mohammed, as did the Danes.

But on that, I'm pretty much the lone ranger--except for the Vatican, which concurs with my judgment.