Walk into the Family Video store in Beech Grove, and you can’t miss the ad for "The Passion of the Christ" — the Mel Gibson movie can be ordered for $17.99, the sign says, and customers are urged to reserve copies quickly.
So how about some porn with that passion? No way, says a friendly clerk behind the counter. Sorry. No X-rated stuff at her store.
Then, visit any of the other 12 or so Family Videos in Indianapolis, and you’ll see, lo and behold, that each offers a big selection of X-rated movies in a room behind swinging doors at the store’s rear.
So what gives? Why is a private, family-owned chain in Springfield, Ill., that calls itself Family Video peddling "Servicing Sara," "Hot Girls" and "Perfect Pink" in some stores and a Jesus movie in others?
Welcome to America — and a perfectly legal, in fact successful, business model. Family Video invites children into its stores with a huge array of video games, but it rents dirty movies aplenty, local laws permitting. All under the family banner.
Perhaps it had to come to this, so we’d have something to talk about on Sunday besides politics.
But first, let’s look at Indiana Code 35-49-3-3, which allows this weirdness to happen. It is illegal to "sell, display or disseminate matter harmful to minors within 500 feet of the nearest property line of a church or school." Hence, the Beech Grove Family Video is X-less — it’s across from Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and School.