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Larry Flynt Left a Horrific Legacy of Normalizing and Spreading Degrading Porn

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Larry Flynt, the longtime publisher of hardcore porn magazine Hustler, passed away last week at age 78. Leftists are eulogizing him as a defender of free speech for getting away with publishing a disgusting cartoon in 1983 about the late televangelist Larry Falwell. The U.S. Supreme Court declared in an 8-0 ruling that the cartoon was protected by the First Amendment since Falwell was a public figure and a reasonable person would realize it was a parody. A movie was made about it in 1996, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” which was so well done that many people were inclined to think favorably about him.

 

But this was a small part of what he was about. Flynt’s main legacy was expanding pornography from the softcore porn popularized by Hugh Hefner in Playboy to the far more degrading, disgusting industry it has become today. 

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Despite how raunchy porn has become, society tries to sugarcoat what’s happened to it, in part because there are so many people addicted to it today. A study cited in Psychology Today found that 94% of men had looked at porn within the last six months, with 82% of men admitting they viewed it regularly. Porn is so prevalent now that Flynt’s death didn’t even get that much attention, he’s just one of thousands peddling smut. 

 

But there are serious problems associated with porn because it is an addiction. Eventually it leads to an inability to concentrate and hold a job, erectile dysfunction and problems maintaining real life romantic relationships. A quarter of porn addicts in one survey reported negative effects on their jobs.

 

Porn has evolved into a common theme where men degrade women and the women act like they enjoy it. But as former porn stars and exposés about the industry have revealed, the women do not enjoy the rough treatment. This translates into complications for men and women in real relationships. The men are looking for an illusion; a perfect looking airbrushed woman who enjoys rough sex. Women are expected to put up with men’s symptoms of being porn addicts. And sometimes it’s the other way around, the woman is addicted to porn. The Family Research Council looked at multiple studies and concluded, “A case could be made that repeated viewing of pornography induces a mental illness in matters sexual.”

 

The explosion of pornography has led to the destruction of marriages and made it difficult to find partners who aren’t damaged by it. It’s difficult to cure the addiction, and addicts don’t feel like they need to since society tells them it’s acceptable. 

 

Addicts say they can’t get by without looking at porn, but porn hasn’t been around until recently; cavemen existed fine for thousands of years without it. Some defend it by saying it doesn’t victimize anyone, it only affects the person viewing it. But that ignores the women who are taken advantage of and damaged in the porn industry, the significant others and family of an addict, and the underage youth who come into contact with it. The effects of porn on children is far worse than on adults due to their developing brains.

 

Flynt, who described his political views as “progressively liberal,” couldn’t stand President Trump. He offered up to $1 million before the 2016 election to anyone who could provide video or audio recordings of Trump engaging in illegal or “sexually demeaning or derogatory” activity. During the impeachment proceedings of former president Bill Clinton, he offered $1 million for evidence of sexual scandals involving conservative or Republican politicians. That led to the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston. 

 

Probably the only conservative he ever endorsed was Mark Sanford, who ran for Congress in 2013 after being caught having an extramarital affair. Flynt gushed, “His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.”

 

Flynt left a trail of misery wherever he went. One of his daughters despised him. Tonya Flynt-Vega became a Christian and anti-pornography activist, writing about a book entitled Hustled, where she alleged that Flynt sexually abused her as a child. Married five times, Flynt’s fourth wife was dying of AIDs at age 33 when she drowned in their bathtub.   

 

Flynt’s death is a reason for mourning. For the mourning of what his legacy of porn has done to society.

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Rainy Day People: Be An Encourager to Others

A little encouragement can move you from despair to exultation.

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After I received an MBA from the University of Connecticut, I was immediately hired by Burroughs Business Systems, which ultimately became Unisys. I ended up leaving in a little less than one year because I was not enthusiastic about what the company provided, my current role, and my long-term prospects with them.

When I departed Burroughs, in the late spring I had no job prospects but I felt confident that I could find something easily. After all, I got hired right out of graduate school. At that time, I didn’t understand that it’s unwise to leave one salaried position for another unless you already have that other one lined up.

From Desperation to Despair

After six interminable months, and more than 300 resumes mailed, I was in despair. Long before the availability of the Internet it was costly to job seek. For sure, I had gone on a few interviews here and there, but had no real prospects, during all those months. Then, one emerged – a small consulting firm of six people. It was perfect for me.

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Miraculously, the company, in the Vernon CT was one mile from my rented house. I had an interview with the company president, the interview went exceedingly well, and by all indications I felt certain that he would call me back within the week to make a job offer.

When that first week passed, I felt a bit disheartened, but still confident because of how well the interview had gone. Then, somehow, another week passed. Meanwhile, I was running low on funds. With no other prospects emerging, things were getting bleak, and I was nearly out of options.

Shut Out and Shivering

Friday afternoon, as the third week was about to pass, I was lying on my bed staring up at the ceiling. This December day was shivering cold, completely gray, with a constant down pour. My father, who was the vice principal at a junior high school in Hartford, gave me a call after he got out of school at 3:30 as he was eager as well for news about the job.

“No word,” I said, “and it’s been three weeks, so I think this is a lost cause.” He told me, in his characteristic way, that if I haven’t heard “no” the possibility is still open. He said they might have not called me back yet for any number of reasons. Then, ever the encourager, my father suggested that I get dressed and visit the company this afternoon.

I thought this was going way too far, but what else did I have brewing…

Full Speed Ahead

Fortified by my father’s words, I took a shower, put on my best suit, and drove the one mile. It was now 4:30 with the downpour continuing, on this shivering day.

I took the elevator to the third floor where the company was located, opened the door, and saw the receptionist. To my surprise, she remembered me. I asked to see the company president. She said, “Do you have an appointment?”

“No.”

“Is he expecting you?”

“No.”

She said, “Let me page him and see if maybe he has a few minutes.” She was on the phone briefly and then said to me, “Have a seat, he’ll be out in a few minutes.” So, in this tiny reception room, I sat in the only visitor’s chair. Time passed, and I’m wondering if he’s going to regard me as a fruitcake for appearing unannounced on a day like this.

Finally, he appeared. He greeted me and bade me come into his office. We spoke for quite a while and the conversation went as well as it had the first time. He told me he had been on the fence for two reasons: first, he was waiting to land a large contract and second, he had never hired someone as young as me, but my demonstrated tenacity, by returning to the office was admirable.

By now, despite the downpour, you could tell that everyone else in the firm had gone home for the weekend. The place was completely silent, but I left the office aglow: I was hired that afternoon.

Encouragement is Priceless

May 13th is the birthday of my father, now long departed, who resides in my heart for evermore.

The people in our lives do make a difference and can help mitigate our self-doubt. I went from personal, professional, and financial despair, six months in the making, to landing my ideal long-term career position only 90 minutes later, because of my father’s encouragement.

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Five Principles for Political Christians to Live By

The Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians!

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not Christians should be involved in politics. I know there are some Christians who don’t think that they shouldn’t be involved at all, and then there are other Christians who are as involved as anybody else. The question, in my mind, is not whether or not we should be involved but how we should be involved and how we should live and act while we are involved. I believe that the Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians in how they live their lives, and this includes includes how they engage with others politically. Check out the video below to see the five principles that every Christian should live by when they engage in politics. The points from the video are listed below the video.

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1. We are Citizens and Stewards

2. We are called to love.

3. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against Satanic forces.

4. We must speak the truth in love.

5. Trust God

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