Morality in Media (MIM) has posted a report online showing a relationship between adult pornography and child molestation.This is not the first time a connection has been demonstrated between pornography and child abuse and other sexual violence. As early as 1986, The "Final Report on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography" made this connection very clear.
The report covers various sources -- news articles, court cases, studies, books, and congressional testimony -- published from 1980 to present. Among their findings -- child molesters use adult porn to "groom" their victims; many perpetrators progress from viewing adult porn to viewing child porn; and children imitate with other children the behavior they view in adult porn. (View MIM's report [PDF])
Freedom of Speech is the freedom to express ideas. Would our founding fathers have supported the idea that Freedom of Speech included the freedom to publish lewd or obscene pictures? I seriously doubt it.
Our government takes obesity and smoking seriously but they do not take pornography seriously, yet many--including me--would argue that pornography is a more serious threat to America than smoking and obesity combined.