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‘Free Speech’ Causes Syphilis

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?


16 Responses to “‘Free Speech’ Causes Syphilis”

  1. smitty
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    @rsmccain “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?”
    Because neanderthal conservatives continue to resist Agenda 21, that’s why.
    Bad conservatives: bad.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    It is Bush’s fault…or is it Columbus’ fault? Come to think of it maybe that was the gift of Montezuma, along with the runs and of course maize.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    How dare the Health Department poke around the porn industry!

  4. smitty
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    Indeed, if HHS insists on sticking their nose in the porn ‘industry’, the CDC will have to be called in.

  5. Charles
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Doctors tell me you can’t contract syphilis from legitimate porn.

  6. MunDane68
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I am always trying to figure out if it is the “two consenting adults + contract = business” model that makes conservatives all queasy about porn, or if it that deep-down desire to be a RINO coming to the surface.

    Look, if you want the government out of the lives of citizens it is gonna be occasionally messy. If you want to control other people’s lives, for their own good, then you are..well, one of “them”.

  7. JeffS
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    If HHS inserts any appendage into the porn ‘industry’, I hope they use suitable protection.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    I am sure there is a sub-category of porn for that fetish Smitty.

    And let’s not forget that liberalism is a mental disorder! Are you mentally disordered and become a liberal? Or does liberal thought make you mentally disordered over time? A curious question. Someone should study Anamika and find out.

    Reminds me of the joke about a chicken and egg in bed. The egg smokes a cigarette and the chicken comments: “Well that answers that question!”

  9. andycanuck
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    Maybe Biden can be the spokesman against tertiary syphilis? “Don’t let this happen to you, kids.” (Obama’s out; he’d have to spell “syphilis” in public eventually.)

  10. Adjoran
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Shocking! Who would have ever expected a cluster of an STD in the porn industry? How could this have happened?

  11. W. J. J. Hoge
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    How do these performers feel about clapping?

  12. smitty
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    I must proclaim the contentment of my ignorance and insist that it remain free of this sub-category.

  13. Quartermaster
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    There are somethings you just don’t want to know

  14. Finrod Felagund
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I’m reminded of the introduction to Tom Lehrer’s song Smut:

    I do have a cause though. It is obscenity. I’m for it. Unfortunately the
    civil liberties types who are fighting this issue have to fight it
    owing to the nature of the laws as a matter of freedom of speech and
    stifling of free expression and so on but we know what’s really
    involved: dirty books are fun. That’s all there is to it. But you can’t
    get up in a court and say that I suppose. It’s simply a matter of
    freedom of pleasure, a right which is not guaranteed by the Constitution
    unfortunately. Anyway, since people seem to be marching for their
    causes these days I have here a march for mine…

  15. Bob Belvedere
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Obama’s more concerned with AIDs, IYKWIMAITYD.

  16. Bob Belvedere
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Someone dropped the ball[s].