Anti-porn Groups Push New DVD

Anti-porn Groups Push New DVD

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Anti-pornography groups are pushing a DVD that is intended to help families recognize the trappings of pornography.

The DVD, "Pornography -- The Great Lie: A Guide for Latter-day Saint Families," was presented Thursday at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Utah Coalition Against Pornography and Bishop George H. Niederauer of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

The 22-minute video was produced over a one-year period at a cost of $125,000. Citizens Against Pornography underwrote the production. It is available at Deseret Book, and a nondenominational version is to be released.

"The insidious evil of pornography no longer lurks in the shadows. It's coming after you," the voice-over on the video warns.

About 15 concerned citizens gathered for the roundtable discussion, all of them interested in how to protect families and children.

A teacher worried about sex abuse. Representatives of the Utah Council for Crime Prevention said that where there are drug busts, there is pornography. The chairman of The Lighted Candle Society, John Harmer, spoke of his $3 million dream project to find "the scientific evidence that can be presented in any court of law" to prove pornography damages the brain.

Jack Sunderlage, president and CEO of Content Watch, a software provider that filters Internet material, helped produce the new video.

He also worked with Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, who sponsored House Bill 260, passed by the 2005 Legislature. The bill, among other things, forces Internet service providers to filter "harmful" material from minors, if requested, and requires the Division of Consumer Protection to make public service announcements.

Communities for Decency will benefit from sales of the newly released DVD.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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