Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christian and Muslim unite for letter against hotel porn

Apparently, there is one thing on which they can agree (other than monotheism and hating atheists).  A recent letter by two scholars – a Christian and a Muslim – asks executives in the hotel industry to remove pornography from their company’s in-room movie selections. Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University and the past chairman of the conservative National Organization for Marriage, and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, a Muslim school, wrote the letter to urge hotels “to do what is right as a matter of conscience.”  Link

Reaction to the letter from some adult film stars and other concerned citizens was generally negative. Craig Gross, a pastor and the founder of noted: “It has got to be one of the dumbest letters I have ever read ... It is like asking the Internet to stop selling porn."

But the letter’s authors argue that the Internet and hotels are different, with hotel owners directly profiting off the temptation of porn. “We urge you to do away with pornography in your hotels because it is morally wrong to seek to profit from the suffering, degradation, or corruption of others,” states the letter. “You are placing temptation in their path – temptation for the sake of profit. That is unjust. Moreover, the fact that something is chosen freely does not make it right.”

In 2011, Marriott International – a company founded a Mormon – pledged to phase out adult content from all hotel rooms after being pressured by groups like Focus on the Family. Marriott was not a leader in the movement, however, which is interesting given the extreme stance taken by the Mormon Church on porn and masturbation (never justified at any time for any reason).  Why is Marriott only now removing porn from its hotels?  Could it have something to do with profits?  And why cave to pressure now?  With ubiquitous Internet access, in-room porn profits are likely decreasing, and Marriott probably made a business decision.

This is yet another example of a group of religious fundamentalists trying to impose their neuroses on the rest of society (and evidently succeeding in at least some areas).


  1. This is just yet again-superstitious people wanting to be everyone's mommy or daddy. No thanks, I am 33 and I don't need some religious fruit cakes to tell me what I do or don't have an option of viewing. My parents and I got into a heated discussion over this, and they took my disdain for these religious people doing this as my support of porn-BUT this has NOTHING to do with porn(or for that matter drugs, music, homosexual rights, heterosexual rights, reproductive rights, or any other "controversial" issue that is made controversial by superstitious simpletons that doesn't actually have any REAL impact on the world unlike the REAL issue of our unemployment rate, federal debt, etc etc etc), this has everything to do with not having some superstitious peeons telling me what I can or can't do. If people want that kind of the system, move to the middle east and get the hell out my country(don't care what race you are, you want a theocracy and moral police, get the hell out of this country.) This is the USA, not Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc etc etc.

  2. Excellent point. It really isn't about the porn. It is about enforcing religious ideas on non-believers. I'm also amused by the hypocrisy of someone like Bill Marriott who condemns porn, but profits on it for many years until changing technology makes hotel porn less viable.