Feb 11, 2004 / vol 10 iss 27

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Sex and the county

Public-access TV comes under fire

by Tracy Rose

Seven other speakers also voiced views ranging from trepidation to outright opposition to public-access TV. Howard Andrus, who serves on the board of the Asheville-based Community Council for Biblical Values, said pornography endangers the institution of marriage. But first he took a moment to explain the differences between men and women.

"Part of the difference is, a gal is 90 percent psychological, 10 percent biological. We call her a crock pot: You gotta warm her up," Andrus advised, eliciting a snicker from the audience. "And a guy is 10 percent psychological and 90 percent biological. That is a whale of a sex drive that the fairer gender just doesn't understand."

Andrus, a pastoral counselor with an office in Candler, had just begun discussing men's particular susceptibility to pornography when he ran out of time.

The torch was later passed to fellow board member Gail Harding, also of the Community Council for Biblical Values, who told the commissioners that pornography threatens families. With a catch in her voice, she also recounted how she once accidentally glimpsed the cover of a porn magazine – an image that still haunts her.

"The picture of that filth is still imprinted today," she lamented.

"I ask you, and I plead with you, to please keep the negative out for the benefit of the community," concluded Harding.

County resident Chad Nesbitt declared that no matter how the URTV board is structured, federal law won't allow the county to discriminate against anyone who wants to air programming of whatever sort on public-access TV. Nesbitt then cited several programs he said had aired on other public-access channels across the country, asking the commissioners whether they would find them offensive: The Atheist Viewpoint, Fantasy Bedtime Hour (which he described as "two lesbians in bed discussing fantasy novels"), and White Revolution, a program broadcasting what he called "white-supremacist crap." Nesbitt urged the board to pull the plug on public-access TV and, instead, use subscriber pass-through fees to help support the local educational channel (which is financed by Asheville City Schools, A-B Tech and UNCA).

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