Let the party who is without sin…

PG-13 rated post….

So, news reports are making it fairly clear that, um, extracurricular activities at the RNC are in great demand.

In its platform, the RNC declared “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being.” (They got to both take the moral high ground AND take a jab at national efforts to address the issue by assigning it to the states to handle–that’s a small government bi-fecta.)

As if to drive their point home, the participants at the RNC then demonstrated the magnitude of the problem when one of the largest free porn sites reported having a 185 percent spike in Cleveland-area access events on their site since the RNC began, which is larger than the spike when the NBA finals were in Cleveland.

Further, reports are coming in that gay escorts on Craigslist  are experiencing spikes in business,  strippers have descended on Cleveland en masse as they do every four years for the GOP confab and stories of the need for a crack down on human trafficking of young girls for prostitution in the months leading up to the convention are casting a shadow across the media’s typical light-hearted response to Convention shenanigans.

I’m not in any way suggesting that there won’t be similar spikes in porn use or prostitution or strippers during the upcoming Democratic Convention, but I’m just marveling that the GOP would go out of its way to wrap itself in moral purity standards its own conventioneers seem perfectly happy to flout.

It brings home to me the importance of humility when we start slinging around moral standards that we expect others to live by when we create our own moral universe where those rules somehow don’t apply to us.


Author: RevKirby

Middle-aged progressive ex-lawyer/pastor in Evanston with keen interest in justice, law, theology, show tunes, history and trivia.

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