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An organization that campaigns against the evils of pornography, and currently is encouraging popular restaurant chains to filter their free WiFi services, has announced that the ubiquitous Starbucks stores are looking into that action.

Perhaps spurred on by the idea that it is “good for the public and for customer service.”

Or perhaps spurred on by the pointedly critical headline on a blog post, “McDonald’s WiFi filters porn, so you’ll need to go to Starbucks instead.”

Enough is Enough President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes said in a prepared statement that Starbucks should be praised for “taking steps to create a safe environment for its customers who use their WiFi.”

“We are pleased by Starbucks’ decision to make its stores safer for families and children by pursuing an effective WiFi filtering solution,” she said. “This simple act of corporate responsibility is good for the public and for customer service. We are hopeful that in the very near future, Starbucks will be  filtering their coffee and their WiFi, both nationally and globally.”

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Her reaction came after Starbucks posted a statement saying, “We are in the process of evaluating a global protocol to address this in all of our company owned stores, and are in active discussions with organizations on implementing the right, broad-based solution that would remove any illegal and other egregious content. Once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content, we will implement this in our stores. In the meantime, we reserve the right to stop any behavior that interferes with our customer experience, including what is accessed on our free WiFi, as part of our commitment to ensuring that our stores remain a safe and welcoming environment.”

Hughes added, “Internet safety is now the fourth top-ranked health issue for U.S. children with peer-reviewed research confirming Internet pornography as a public health crisis. Pervasive online child pornography, which is the actual sexual abuse of children, is a crime to produce, distribute or download. We commend both Starbucks and McDonalds for leading the way for corporate America to provide safer WiFi. We will vigorously continue to encourage other businesses and venues such as hotels, airlines, shopping malls, and libraries to filter pornography and child abuse images on publically available WiFi in order to protect children and families.”

Her group had announced just last week that McDonald’s will join companies such as Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread in preemptively filtering pornography from the WiFi services provided at its locations.

Hughes told WND at the time her group was part of the push for the decision.

“We are spearheading what we hope will be a movement for corporate America to be part of the solution in providing a safer Internet experience to patrons,” she told WND. “Any business offering free WiFi has the opportunity to develop corporately responsibly WiFi policies for their patrons, including shopping malls, stadiums, airports, theme parks, family resorts, schools, libraries and other locations.”

Hughes was also enthusiastic about the Republican Party’s efforts to confront the dangers of pornography.

That followed word that the 2016 Republican draft platform contains a blistering denunciation of pornography as a grave threat to public health and a “menace.”

The amendment introduced by North Carolina delegate Mary Frances Forrester, which was adopted unanimously, promptly unleashed a wave of criticism from left wing commentators eager to poke fun at the Republican Party.

The reality, however, according to WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, author of “The Marketing of Evil” and “The Snapping of the American Mind,” is that labeling pornography a health hazard is simply common sense.

“Only an idiot would scoff at the statement that pornography constitutes a public health crisis in America,” he said. “With hundreds of thousands of marriages destroyed by porn addiction, an estimated 100,000 child-porn websites and the reality that Americans, including a high percentage of teens and even children, are routinely exposed to graphic hardcore sexual images due to the ubiquitous nature of online pornography – of course it’s a crisis. Few things in our modern era reliably deliver more misery, suffering, bondage and family breakdown than pornography.”

The declaration by the national Republican Party follows up on the decision by the state of Utah, which declared porn to be “evil, degrading addictive and harmful” earlier this year.

The statement reads: “The Internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing. We applaud social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.”

Enough Is Enough’s “National Porn Free Wi-Fi” campaign” was launched in 2014 with nearly
50,000 petitions and 75 partner organizations including FRC, CWA, Salvation Army and AFA
encouraging McDonald’s and Starbucks to lead Corporate America in filtering WiFi.

Society has gone mad – and it’s not an accident. Find out why in “The Snapping of the American Mind,” available in the WND Superstore.

 

 

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