Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Some of Americas Shell gas stations are pumping out a new productpornography. Despite Shells long-standing ban on its retailers selling porn, a group of stores now owned by Circle K has been exempted from the rule. When the Florida Family Association contacted Shell about the change, they got an email from Otto Myers, a company executive, who said that Playboy and Penthouse are no longer considered pornographybut adult sophisticates. Well, you can change the term, but you cant change the policy, (at least Shell hasnt changed the policy) and it says that their retailers cant sell or display materials with sex [or] nudity. All the oil companys done is fuel the controversy in 240 stores across Baton Rouge, Denver, Memphis and Florida where the magazines are sold. Myers wrote that the general public doesnt consider Playboy pornographic. But the truth is, Myers would have a hard time finding people in these communities who dont consider dirty magazines vulgar and explicit. While Shells retailers are stepping on the gas to promote pornography, their competitors have refused to lift their bans. Obviously, this is one company that needs a refinery not only for crude oil, but for crude content!

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