After all, many an Anne Rice novel could easily be characterized as a depiction of rape, torture and murder. Adolf Hitler would have burned her books and the woman herself, too. He was a staunch opponent of pornography and any "degenerate" expression, after all. Today, his fans would also have us believe the Holocaust never happened. If they could make all the footage of the Holocaust disappear, they would in a heartbeat. If they ever are able to use state power to make that happen, they will. Who but a dangerous deviant would want people to be able to possess such disgustingly obscene material?
Why do the same social conservatives who would ban photographs of Abu Ghraib as "obscene" tend to be the most outspoken supporters of the very militarism which led to Abu Ghraib in the first place?
Why is it that these great defenders of morality are also most likely to support expansive prohibitions against "sedition" and "treason" which in practice are applied to protesters against such militarism?
Forget what some lisping liberal subversive says the flag stands for. Just make sure the flag is never "desecrated" through burning, or "profaned" by being flown upside down. Don't ever look to where the finger is pointing, just suck on the finger and repeat all together,
"It's a finger, a finger, a finger! This is the reality and anyone who disagrees is a liar, a pervert and a traitor."
To sweep "evil" under the rug will never make it go away. The less freedom of inquiry and expression we enjoy, the less we will understand the darker aspects of human nature. In this respect, knowledge is power, and a lack of knowledge is truly dangerous.
In many cases the "evil" turns out to only be consensual sex, perhaps even "immoral" activity such as group sex or honest S&M. If these are dangerous, they are dangerous only to people who want to control others, especially women, through sexual repression and perpetuate the cycles of authoritarianism.
The horrible and scandalous "child pornography" which had a photographer facing 8,000 years in prison turns out to be pictures of teenage glamour models no more explicit than your average issue of Cosmo or Vogue (which also use teenage models). This man rotted in jail for nearly a year before the ludicrous charges were finally dropped.
Meanwhile, video game propaganda to recruit young people into the meat grinder of militarism is not only legal, but actually funded by the state. Apparently it is always the "degenerates" who are sick; there's never anything wrong with "normal" society itself. There's nothing obscene about obscenity laws that have been used to stifle discussion of marital rape is there? There's nothing perverted about a society that will shame a girl from going topless if her breasts have started developing, but will praise her father for dropping bombs on other girls across the world? At least they suffer and die with dignity, I suppose. Just don't take any pictures! Someone somewhere might admit to getting off on those pictures, and his or her honest admission of sadism might drop a hint about the dishonest sadism which motivates bloodthirsty supporters of war.
The advice of the three wise monkeys is to "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." It's a cute saying, but what happens if we actually apply it literally? We end up blind, deaf, and dumb.
The more you think about it, the more sense it makes why right-wing authoritarians want to literally enshrine this advice into law and custom as much as possible.