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Stars and Strips: Porn Ban To Hurt Soldier Morale


The US Congress is considering legislation that would restrict the sale of pornography on US military bases around the world. Soldiers overseas would no longer be able to read the in-depth articles in magazines such as Playboy.

The Pentagon is all for Penthouse, ruling last year that such magazines were not technically porn — but US Representative Paul Broun from Georgia wants to overrule that decision with new legislation.

Soldiers — who say they read the magazines for their stories, too — are not happy about this censorship. One soldier said the ban would demean soldiers, treating them as if they were back in elementary school.

But, Rep. Broun believes:

Allowing the sale of pornography on military bases has harmed military men and women by: escalating the number of violent, sexual crimes; feeding a base addiction; eroding the family as the primary building block of society; and denigrating the moral standing of our troops both here and abroad.

Should the military have higher standards than the rest of American society? Should the people serving overseas have access to the same entertainment/smut we have at home?

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