National Center of Sexual Exploitation Says Pornographer Larry Flynt Should be Remembered as a ‘Scourge on Society,’ Not as a Free Speech Advocate

Larry Flynt, head of Larry Flynt Publications, speaks to the news media in Beverly Hills, July 11, 2007. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

A national organization that combats sexual exploitation said pornographer Larry Flynt, who died Wednesday at 78, should be remembered as “a scourge on society,” not championed as a free speech advocate.

Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, is famous not only for his pornographic publications but his involvement in legal matters centering around what qualifies as freedom of speech and expression in society.

Defenders of porn have maintained that pornography is a form of speech and is thus constitutionally protected. Opponents have countered that obscenity, particularly sexually explicit content, is not a First Amendment matter and have in recent years framed the issue as a public health crisis given its myriad harms and links to societal ills such as domestic abuse and human trafficking.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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