- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2000

SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
A group of Monroe, Ohio, residents are planning to greet the opening of Larry Flynt's new Hustler store with public prayers and signs that say "Pornography Victimizes Women and Children."
The residents, with the help of Sharonville, Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values, eventually want to hold round-the-clock vigils outside the store.
Three neighboring businesses a restaurant, an insurance office and a furniture store have agreed to allow protesters to stage on their property, said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values.
"Our intent here is to make people think about the harm that is directly related to the use of pornography, and hopefully those people will seek help," he said.
Jimmy Flynt, brother of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, says the concern over the 7,000 square-foot store pandering obscenity is misplaced.
"I'm not an adult operation. I do not have an adult license," he said.
The Flynts' effort to open a "superstore" in Monroe hit a snag earlier this year over the city's zoning regulations, which prohibit sexually oriented businesses from being within 1,000 feet of each other.
City officials attempted to ascertain whether the Hustler store would be a sexually oriented business and got assurances from the Flynts and their attorney, Louis Sirkin, that it would not be.


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