Monday, May 19, 2008

Liberty Counsel Protests Lack of Enforcement of Federal Obscenity Laws

Today, pro-decency and pro-family organizations held a prayer breakfast and a conference at the National Press Club to draw attention to the lack of current enforcement of obscenity laws by the United States Department of Justice and the FBI.

The lack of enforcement undermines the family, subjects children to pornography and increases sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Following the conference, an orderly demonstration was held at the Department of Justice on Pennsylvania Avenue to draw attention to the enforcement problem.

Sarah Seitz was one of the speakers at the conference. She is Legal Director of the Liberty Center for Law & Policy, a partnership between Liberty Counsel and Liberty University School of Law.
Seitz spoke about Liberty Counsel's case on behalf of librarian Brenda Biesterfeld, who was fired from a library in Tulare County, California, for reporting a patron viewing child pornography. She also discussed the involvement of students at Liberty University School of Law with "Blue Ridge Thunder," an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce at the Bedford County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office.

Sixteen other prominent pro-family speakers and leaders were featured at the event, including: Ted Baehr, President, Christian Film & TV Commission; Janice Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Beverly LaHaye Institute; Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association; Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Spokesperson, Rabbinical Alliance of America; Arthur Taylor, Past President, CBS, Inc.; Pat Trueman, former Chief, Justice Dept.’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section; and Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women for America.

Today's event highlighted the necessity for enforcement of obscenity laws by the Department of Justice and FBI. We must hold the federal government accountable in order to protect the children of this Nation.