Obscenity and the Constitution


Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, David B. Haight


This growing presence of obscenity has been aided by the lowering of media standards for advertising, by relaxed movie ratings, by television soap operas and situation comedies that use their powerful voices to justify, glamorize, and encourage sexual relations outside of marriage.

Perhaps we have been intimidated by those who claim that producing, distributing, and using obscene materials is a basic right to be defended. This is not true. Even under the divinely inspired constitutional principles of this land, obscenity is not condoned nor protected. The United States Supreme Court has clearly held that criminal prosecution of those who produce and distribute obscene materials does not violate their First Amendment rights. (Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 1973.)


Source: David B. Haight, “Personal Morality,” Conference Reports, October 1984. David Bruce Haight (September 2, 1906 – July 31, 2004) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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