In the late 1980s, crusading against pornography was a top priority for evangelicals. Mr. Hybels told Ms. Baranowski that he had been told to educate himself on the issue by James Dobson, founder of the ministry Focus on the Family, who had been appointed by President Ronald Reagan to an anti-pornography commission.

Calling it research, Mr. Hybels once instructed Ms. Baranowski to go out and rent several pornographic videos, she said, to her great embarrassment. He insisted on watching them with her, she said, while he was dressed in a bathrobe.

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4 Responses to “Active Research”

  1. dmf Says:

    long and inglorious history of policing “obscenity”

  2. dmf Says:

    can’t see Giuliani’s lying face on media these days without thinking of his attacks on the arts and trying to institutionalize his own (personal/political?) sense of decency/outrage and the echoes all around us, back to the days of “degenerate” art we go…

  3. charlie Says:

    Charles Keating, the grifter who conned old people outta their savings, was a high profile anti-pornography crusader. Just sayin….

  4. Dr_Doctorstein Says:

    Shades of Henry Spoffard (of Anita Loos’ wonderful novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).

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