Patrick Johnson, director of Personhood Ohio, is just sick to death of having to look at topless women in public, even if they are only breastfeeding their babies. Topless women are immoral! And, besides that, it leads to Gay Pride parades (which apparently includes lots of topless women marching). And, won't someone PLEEEEEASE think of the children and the poor defenseless right-wing conservative heterosexual men who have to look at that!
From The New Civil Rights Movement:
Patrick Johnson, who’s the director of Personhood Ohio, called for a ban on all public nudity after topless dancers from a gentleman’s club protested at his church in support of strip clubs. Johnson’s church has campaigned against strip clubs and harassed customers for years.Well, I guess Columbus, Ohio is the new Sodom (or, is it Gomorrah) of the USA. San Francisco has clearly lost the title.
"We've been backed into a corner, and they continue to harass the customers," Thomas George, who owns two Ohio strip clubs, told USA Today. "I don't want to (use nudity), but obviously he doesn't understand the meaning of just go away."
But Johnson sees himself as the victim here.
“I am sick that women can legally bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will in Ohio,” Johnson wrote on his Facebook page after the protest.
He then told ABC, “I think when we allow women to flaunt their sexuality to the public, flaunt their nudity to the public, it’s harmful to marriage.”
Johnson urged Ohioans to contact their legislators in support of the ban, as it is currently legal for women to be topless in public in Ohio. “I think what [the protesters] did was an offense to God, was an offense to the public morality, and the legislature should act to criminalize what they did.”
Johnson doesn’t just think that topless women are immoral – but that their appearance contributes to the popularity of Ohio’s gay pride parade.
“The gay pride parade in Columbus is 500,000 strong – why? Because the women go topless. This is the only one where I’ve seen this level of nudity,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C. I have never seen the kind of public lewdness I have seen in Columbus, Ohio.”
The Aiken Area Progressive blog notes that banning public nudity would also ban public breastfeeding.
“This is a no-exceptions ban that if enacted, will drop the number of states to 49 in which breastfeeding is legal, and, if enacted, this definitely will violate numerous Constitutional amendments.”
The photograh is from Mr. Johnson's facebook page. With that shirt on, I'm guessing that he is also a member of the NRA.