Princeton Professor Calls On Five Largest Hotel Chains To Block Access To Pornography To “Re-Stigmatize” Porn

Princeton University jurisprudence professor Robert P. George has launched a campaign to pressure the five top hotel chains to block access to pornography to “re-stigmatize” the industry. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His view of a free and pluralistic society is strikingly different from my own. While George discusses his deep Catholic faith and fears for the morality of his neighbors, he believes that the solution is deny millions of travelers the right to choose their entertainment each year at these hotels.


George insists that pornography is harmful on multiple levels from destroying the lives of participants to destroying the American marriage. He insists that “Pornography is part of a larger phenomenon that’s rooted in the fundamental misunderstanding of sexuality.” Of course, that “misunderstanding” is based on his understanding of sexuality and morality. He has found an ally in Islamic scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf who also wants hotels to dictate what travelers will watch — or at least not watch — to satisfy his own religious and social views.

Their letter is being presented not as a boycott but a “moral appeal.” This moral appeal, however, seeks to get hotels to force their moral views on millions of others. The appeal asks the CEOs of the hotel to think of the participants in these films as their own daughters and wives.

George notes that “We are old-fashioned enough to believe that an appeal to conscience will sometimes do the job, that everything’s not money.” “Old fashioned” is one way to put it. Most of us view it as good old time morality codes which we have struggled to leave behind in favor of individual choice. We live in a pluralistic society where individuals are allowed to make their own decisions — whether it is to participate or watch such forms of entertainment. What do you think?

Source: Catholic Newsas first seen on ABA Journal

33 thoughts on “Princeton Professor Calls On Five Largest Hotel Chains To Block Access To Pornography To “Re-Stigmatize” Porn”

  1. David Blauw, Sorry about that, now that you mention it my own minds-eye bleeds… 🙂

  2. Tea Leoni divorced David because he was looking at too much porn on the internet.

    Blame the one Ben Affleck wouldn’t marry.

  3. I pity this man’s wife if she has any sexual drive, because these are the statements of a man with many sexual problems. There is no proof of harm in pornography, except for that imsgined by people warped sexuslly. Typically too they will make there cases by giving examples of the grossest pornography their sick imaginations will latch onto. Many of the greatest novels of the 20th century werebanned until SCOTUS rulings in the 50’s and now these same sick perverts are trying to impinge on our rights, to ensure their protection from their own libidos.

  4. I wonder how much research into porn it took for this professor to come to his conclusion? He could use his findings to help campaign for Mitt Romney who made sure to ‘clean up’ Marriott International before announcing his candidacy for US president.
    Copied and pasted below is part of a article about this most family-friendly move: (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012405602.html)

    By Thomas Heath
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 24, 2011; 7:58 PM
    Marriott International said it will phase out adult-content video services from its 600,000 hotel rooms worldwide, causing some to speculate that the Bethesda hospitality giant is responding to interest groups that promote family values.

    “The Marriott family is known as being very conservative, partly from their Mormon background,” said C. Patrick Scholes, a senior gaming and hotel analyst with FBR Capital Markets.
    The moves comes two weeks after likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s resignation from Marriott’s board. During the 2008 presidential campaigns, Romney was criticized by family-oriented interest groups for not pressing Marriott to drop the adult movies offered in its rooms.
    A coalition of Christian organizations that includes Focus on the Family met with Marriott International officials in Washington in 2008 to press the hotel chain to stop offering pay-per-view adult movies.

  5. david

    more like a black cape, black mask and suit saying “i’m fatman”.

  6. I wonder what Prof. George would say about the old Index Librorum Prohibitorum..

  7. leejcaroll: “Funny how the right worries about sharia law being imposed here but…”

    It’s all explained in the early DC comic series Superman wherein the concept of a ‘bizzaro’ universe is explored- everything is opposite:

    “An adult version, however, followed soon after, debuting in the Superman daily newspaper comic strip, featured in Episode 105: “The Battle With Bizarro” (Strips 6147-6242 :Aug. 25, 1958 to Dec. 13, 1958). This storyline also introduced the strange speech patterns that became synonymous with the character, with all of Bizarro’s comments meaning the opposite (e.g.. “bad” means “good”).”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarro

    The only way I can watch/read about politics, specifically the conservative practice of politics over the last 3 years, is to approach it as a contemporary exercise of the bizzaro universe intersecting with the normal and sane one. Seriously, it would make me insane if I didn’t put it in that context.

  8. Wow. Turley go this one wrong. The issue of freedom of expression isn’t whether a consumer can by porn in a hotel. It’s whether a hotel has the right to not support business that it doesn’t agree with. I would agree if the question surrounded government involvement, but I have no problem with hotels doing such things. It’s their right, after all. And if the pervs don’t like it, find a different hotel.

  9. JT:

    “His view of a free and pluralistic society is strikingly different from my own. While George discusses his deep Catholic faith and fears for the morality of his neighbors, he believes that the solution is deny millions of travelers the right to choose their entertainment each year at these hotels.”

    *****************************
    I find it more than a bit ironic that an ardent supporter of the Roman Catholic Church purports to lecture hotel chains (and hence us) about morality.

    Looks like a mote and timber problem to me that our good professor should be well aware of by now with even cursory read of Matthew.

    Worry not about your neighbors but your priests.
    ~mespo 7:3

  10. I’m sure office managers who handle expense account reimbursements would side w/ this gentleman. “$155 for in room movies!”

  11. Funny how the right worries about sharia law being imposed here but here is a catholic man in bed with an islamic scholar to help bring taliban, Iraq, Irani, afghani type of theocracy here.

  12. Me thinks the good professor here may have investments in the porn industry & making it “forbidden fruit” will increase the value of his holdings. Nothing else makes sense; certainly a man of his education and position could not think “re-stigmatizing” would actually reduce the presence of porn?

  13. It is hard to understand how this man is a Professor at Princeton let alone a professor of jurisprudence and a director of a program on “American” ideals. He seems to have no appreciation of American ideals. I am tired of “moralists” pretending that’s what we really need in the US is to be more like an oppressive dictatorship that not only restricts our movements but also what we think.

  14. I think they should ask Tea Leoni……she probably has the best answers on this…..

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