Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 21, 1976 · Page 49
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it* IDS Church raises army fo tight The Idaho r i c e Press The News-Tribune, Saturday. February Jl. 1976-C-3 Pornography invades Salt Lake City SALT I.AKK CITV (UPI) Pornography has invaded the citadel of Mormnnism and Iho church -- whicli still maintains iicur-piiritanicat sexual standards -- is raising an army lo fight il. Eighteen months after "Deep Throat" successfully led hardcore films into Salt Lake Valley, the Church of Jesus Christ of Utter-day Saints mounted its counter-offensive. By then, there were tvvu theaters showing hard-cure movies wilhin a few blocks of the Mormon Temple, several others offering soft-core films and dozens of magazine ami bonk shops offering "adult" fare. The church Rave slrony behind-the-scenes support to a new coalition of smut fighters anil iMnrmnn leaders helped streaking, trailing wives and similar cra/.es. How low can humans plunge! ...\\! call upon recruited several hundred of Ihe operator l.ee Harper of a 1.500 persons who attended a misdemeanor (or showing il. city commission meeting at all our lusijik' lo do all in their which Dlahns Against i'ornog- I'he American Civil Liberties Union joined Harper in his power to o f f s e t Ibis ugly vapby submitted a petition appeal lo District Court, where a revolution." An accompanying article suggested joining iinli-smul gnnnis, such as Hip "Pocatello calling for increased mcnl of smut laws. "Personally, 1 feel very strongly that the number oni' judge tossed out parl of the city pornography law as unconstitutional ljul ruled the defendant would have lo stand trial Sweepers." which has picketed problem in Ihe Salt Lake Valley again for violating the portions ruled valid The i-!ly tried lo strip Harper of his business license immediately after his conviction, but a federal judge ruled that Die slate'Mun tier court system tor hunks. "I diin'1 think in our desire to misdemeanors allowed the con- vifled opiTiilor lo retain bis presumption of iiiiinceniT until not attend vile motion pictures wards to bring in this smut. Not after Ins appeal trial, that carry the 'X' and 'H' designation, (Jiuird against smutty jnkes, stories and pit- lures." In Sail Lake Gunny, where an adult theater and bookstore ri^ht now is this obscenih," said in Ihe southern Idaho c i t y Ashlon. "Hul our (the antismul carrying brooms as a symbol of group's) posture is In be wise a dean un and drastically and prudent, lo work within the rediici'il Hi;' nunir house's at- lair and no! lo be on! »;u p mn tendance. banners. "Do not buy filthy pornographic maga/ines nr sex- observe Ihe First Amendment, based games and devices. Do wi' ought lo bend over back- only does it hurt the moral fiber James I'eipenburg, who first of ihe community, il burls real showed "Deep Throat" in a liny ··stale values." neighborhood theater in the The organi/.iilion's leaders -- outlying mining town of Magna and some cil officials - cm- j n .|\,. summer of 1974 and non- recruit hundreds of protesters half the population is Mormon, tended Ilia! the large turnout at operates the other downtown who made an unsi-hcduk-tl appearance before city fathers to demand that they close down porno theaters and bookstores. the nuTling "definilely establishes community s t a n - dards." a reference In a L.S the church has given strong support In formation of "Ulahns Against Pornography." The group's executive board in- Kinally. Spencer \V. Kimhall, eludes Ihe church's public definition of pornography can he president of the :!.5-million relations director, the president based on local standards anil not member church which founded of its bank and a regional national ones hard-core house, was also recently convicted for thr first lime - on Ids fourth prosecn- Supreme Court ruling that the don. "I'm siek of a few people telling the whole valley what thev can and can't see." he said Salt Lake City a century and representative of its Council uf City Attorney itogcr Culler, afterward. "If I have logo lo jail ([iiarler ago, formally declared Twehe Apostles - along with who has waged a generally ·- well. I'll just have to go to civic, religious and community unsuccessful legal hallle against jail." nb.si'enili. agreed Hie lurnonl He lm lias appealed -- and probably did display the feelings of a large segment ol the war on obscenity. In a rare signed statement in leaders from oilier faiths. the weekly "Church News,' Kimball said there is a definite link between pornography and crime, termed it "garbage" without any redeeming social Chia-ch PK Director Wendell Ashlon said Ihe committee, of which he is a member, was not organized or even officially backed bv the church. He said a large community. Hut In- said protesters are many of the "offended by thus the local struggle against obscenity is still bogged down in the lower courts. Hul if Harper and Peipenburg protections of persons and properly." The court flatly rejected the argument that freedom of speech is more absolute than other basic- freedoms. However, if they lose at the state level, there is little doubt Ihe theater operators will go on lo 'lie federal courts -- and attempt to win restraining orders which would allow them to keep showing their wares during appeals. Peipenburg said half of bis S3 admission charge goes to pay attorneys' fees. Sail Lake City Police Chief Dewey Killis sends vice squad officers lo every new movie which opens, bill Cutler said he refuses to engage in "nuisance filings" of obscenity charges against theaters and magazine shops. "The community has made lift 1 decision through its legislative body ihal obscenity is going lobe prosecuted and we're going lodoil."Cutler said. "Du( we're going lo do il legally. We're no: going to use dirly Iricks. We're going to prosecute il up on the table. Church President Kimball and Police Chief Pillis agreed that pornography and crime are related. "It is ridiculous to imply that pornography has no effect." said Kimball. "There is a t · '··' .MAIIISAT-I. TIIK WORLD'S first cum- tminiralions satellite designed for use hy ships at sea. is carried inlo orbit at .V:(2 p.m. KST Thursday. Launched for lht i Comsat fleneral Corp.. (lie satellite was praised by President Ford as "a significant step forward in bringing modern communications capability lo our nation's naval and commercial shipping interests." il'l'l I'liotol value, and warned it was the highly placed Mormons who material lhat by legal definition helping destroy the moral fabric helped form it were following is not obscene." the church's admonition In act between as eoneerned eili/ens on moral and county prosecutors. Culler's decision last year. Ihe stale's lose their District Court appeals, definite relationship to crime. they can expect little comfort from the Utah Supreme Court. After a year (if efforts by city In a controversial obscenity of a generation. "There is a link pornngraphy and the low, sexual issues such as pornography und office recently gol its first highest tribunal ruled 3-2 thai "a drives and perversions." be abortion. conviction when a City Court wholesome moral atmosphere is charged. 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