Nov 26, 2006

Protest by small band of self-appointed community censors falls flat on its face

The good news is the protest against a recently opened adult video, lingerie and novelties store in Brighton on Friday by a small – and I mean very small – group of self-appointed community censors felt flat on its face.
Despite the good weather, only a handful of protestors, mostly from the congregation of Green Oak Township's Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, showed up, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, and the protest was led and organized by Patrick Flynn, an employee of the church and a former conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Congress for the 8th District. It makes you wonder if the IRS should be taking a look at the church’s charter for its illegal political campaigning.
The small turnout occurred despite the little band of censors getting a front-page preview by the local newspaper. I’m not saying its not news, but for that to make the front page it either had to be a slow news day or they had to reach into the bottom of the barrel because the Thanksgiving holiday left them without a lot of copy.

With signs stating, "Pornography is an enemy of the family," they walked alongside a busy Grand River Avenue on one of the busiest shopping days of the year to alert residents about what they consider a destructive seed being planted in their community, the opening of Intimate Ideas. The store, located at the intersection of Cross Street and Grand River Avenue, opened last week.

I guess the fact there is absolutely no link between sexual assault and pornography is not going to stop then for distorting the truth. Besides, it makes for a good slogan on a sign.

Members of this grass-roots group said they fear this store would cause other stores that sell pornography to sprout up in the Brighton area.

They believe it will be the beginning of a “red-light district.” If so, it will be one of the few in the entire nation.

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