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Mormon Republican in Utah wants to censor the Internet to save everyone from porn

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Utah lawmakers declared a public health crisis in a ceremonial bill April because they think residents are viewing too much pornography. But now, Todd Weiler, the same lawmaker who proposed the “health crisis” bill, announced legislation that would put statewide filters in place to ensure no Utah residents could view pornography.

Internet users would be required to contact their internet service provider to opt-out of the filter so they can view adult content, the Independent reports.

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The Utah legislature is already out of session, but Weiler wants to get a start on next year’s slate of internet censorship laws so he is beginning this campaign as soon as possible. He claims he got the idea from the UK’s Coalition Government announcement in 2013 that made internet users opt-out of internet censorship, including porn filtering.

In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, he said: “I believe that pornography today is like tobacco was 70 years ago. 70 years ago people said tobacco’s not addictive and it’s not harmful, and that’s what some people are saying about pornography today. I happen to believe that it is addictive and it is harmful.”

Weiler believes pornography is a threat to traditional marriage. “It’s undermining relationships, and ultimately if someone gets divorced, that affects the government, because we end up with more children and spouses on government welfare.”

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As any kid who grew up with internet filters knows, it’s relatively simple to circumvent restrictions, but the law concerns some First Amendment activists who are fearful it restricts free speech. However, Weiler claimed that the First Amendment also protected him from being forced to view ‘second-hand’ porn at McDonalds.

The majority of the state consists of members of the Church of Latterday Saints or Mormons, which has a track record of manipulating members into believing they are addicted to pornography when they aren’t. The church has a ban on the use of pornography, but has had no luck in shaming people away from viewing it. Utah residents are 50 percent more likely than other states to search for Mormon pornography on PornHub. Studies show that those who view pornography more than once a week have a tendency to be more religious.


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WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

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US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

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Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

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‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

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