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Ed Meese, former attorney general under Ronald Reagan and Judith Reisman, noted author and scholar kick off "" a website dedicated to fighting pornography

Challenging Pornography: A New Approach

Family ^ | 8/15/07 | Justin Hart

by Ed Meese, Former Attorney General under Ronald Reagan

In his 1784 book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson declared: "It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." Many Americans feel that the vitality of our republic is seriously threatened by the sharp decline in our common morality. However, these same Americans feel helpless and lost, unable to find a foothold to do anything about it. We intend to fill that gap.

The decline and endangerment of American values is not a new topic, but the fight I will describe to you now is very new.

In 2001 John Harmer and I founded the Lighted Candle Society, a non-profit organization geared to fight pornography in a very unique way: by helping to bring civil litigation against producers and distributors of pornography. This website,, will be our primary communications arm to inform you about the lawsuits and to provide interactive tools for those hoping to join the fight or simply fight pornography in their own homes.

In past decades, patrons of pornography were forced to obtain their materials over the counters of darkened alley stores. Today these same materials (and many times worse materials) can be had over the kitchen counter. The results are unmistakable: exponential increases in addiction; exposure of children to scenes of brutality; loss of feeling towards spouses; disregard for marital vows and breakup of the family through divorce. We are under no illusion that pornography is going away. But at the Lighted Candle Society we envision a world where pornography is largely shunned, spurned and recognized as a threat to society. We envision a society where the negative consequences of producing and distributing pornography far outweigh the financial benefits.

This is a unique fight, with veteran warriors at the helm. We hope you will join our efforts and give us your thoughts on how we can help you and your family.