Newspaper clipping headlined, "Clements promises to fight spread of pornography," May 16, 1980
Newspaper clipping headlined, "Clements promises to fight spread of pornography," May 16, 1980, by Marion Zientek in the Texas Catholic Herald. Includes a photograph of Governor William P. Clements, Jr., with bishops Thomas Drury and John Markovsk and George Strake, Jr.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Strake, George W.Clements, William P., 1917-2011Morality in Media, Inc.
Pornography--Law and legislation
"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
Texas Catholic Herald
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
General Counsel | 1st term
Texas State library and archives commission
Clements Texas Papers
PARTICIPANTS at the "Together We Stand" educational and appreciation banquet sponsored jpy Morality in Media of Texas, Inc. conducted at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel, Houston, were ,from left) Bishop John L. Morkovsky, Gov. William P. Clements Jr., special guest speaker; Bishop Thomas J. Drury of the Diocese of Corpus Christi; and Secretary of State George Stroke Jr., master of ceremonies. See page 1 for story. May 16, 1980 THE TEXAS CATHOLIC HERALD tougher pornography laws will cut into their business," Rep. Wallace said. Executive director of Morality in Media in Texas, James K. Ribbeck, told the gathering that Americans are becoming desensitized by a barrage of sexually explicit material found in. books, magazines, television and in education. "Pornography and obscen- ity are not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Ribbe-ck said. Bishop John L. Morkovsky gave the opening invocation for the banquec. :lements promises to fight spread of pornography By MARION ZIENTEK Herald editor "One of the most disturbing prob- 7ns facing the family in the United ates is a breakdown in American. oral fiber," Gov. William P. Clem- ts Jr. told more than 1,200 persons tending a "Together We Stand" edu- .tional and appreciation banquet onsorecl by Morality in Media of txas Inc. at the Shamrock Hilton )te1, Houston. THE GOVERNOR, featured guest eaker at the banquet, noted that the eakdown in moral fiber manifests itself in an increase in crime. "We hear of this increase in crime on television, radio and see it in our newspapers," Gov. Clements said. "And more crime goes unreported than is reported. One out of every two Texans feel they will be victims of crime the polls show. And the statistics indicate that crime is increasing not only in Texas but in the United States. "If we ever are going to control crime and get a handle on it," the governor continued, "then every man, woman, and child must join a concert- ed effort to stop it More and more we see crimes being• committed by the young. We must teach youngsters a moral life_ It must start at home." Gov. Clements promised support for new measures to fight for what he called "the cancerous spread of por- nography in Texas. "Pornography is as much a cause of the moral break- down in our society as it is a symptom of that breakdown," he said. "Anti-pornography laws enacted by the last Legislature give our law en- forcement officers tools to work with and get results with, and this is long, long overdue. And I will not hesitate to support other anti-pornography legislation that will help us battle this cancer," the governor noted. STATE REP. Ralph Wallace, Dis- trict 97, Houston, the House sponsor of the latest anti-pornography laws, speculated on a new fight in the next session of the Legislature that will include measures such as restricting display of sexually explicit magazines in convenience stores. "It's going to take people like you and activities like this to gain passage of such laws over the opposition of the defense attor- neys in the Legislature who fear that