Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 16 Comments
One of the brilliant — and by “brilliant,” of course, I mean evil — innovations of 1960s-era liberalism was the Supreme Court’s invention of a Constitutional protection of pornography. We scarcely can imagine what George Mason and other Founders might have said if they had been told, in 1789, that the First Amendment would be used to justify the commercial distribution of Naughty Nurses 3 and such.
That thought came to mind when I read this Los Angeles Times story:
Jolted by the possibility of a syphilis outbreak among its ranks, a Los Angeles-based trade group that represents the adult film industry announced a nationwide moratorium on X-rated productions while more than 1,000 porn performers are tested.
The Free Speech Coalition issued the call on its website after reporting that one performer tested positive for syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, and had begun notifying sexual partners of that information.
The moratorium was announced Saturday, a day after Los Angeles County’s Public Health Department said it was investigating a cluster of possible syphilis cases within the porn industry. The agency said it had received reports of at least five cases involving adult performers within a week.
Porn stars have a First Amendment right to transmit those diseases! How dare any group calling itself the “Free Speech Coalition” infringe the constitutional protection of these diseases which are, after all, a natural expression of the biological order?
If the First Amendment guarantees an exhibitionist’s right to commit sodomy for profit, why doesn’t it protect the rights of viruses and bacteria?