WASHINGTON, D.C. - An editorial Tuesday in the Washington Times slammed the adult industry and praised one of its biggest critics, Iowa Republican Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley.

The scathing editorial supported Grassley's call for a "national conversation" about the workplace viewing of porn, calling it a "virulent" cancer and a mind-corrupter and branding the adult business as "perverted."

A longtime porn-hater, Grassley recently targeted the funding of the National Science Foundation when it was revealed some employees were watching porn or exchanging sexual e-mails or instant messages on company time. As AVN Online reported, the agency has since installed filtering software and taken other measures.

Two years ago, the Senator backed a bill to tax pimps and prostitutes and jail those failing to pay.

In 1995, Grassley co-sponsored the Internet decency bill designed to suppress and eliminate sexual speech on the Web. He voted against the new federal stimulus bill, though he claimed he was only against part of the package.

The Times editorial went on to blame porn for employee and employer conflict, sexual harassment and workplace stress, among other business problems, citing mostly studies and reports from groups with conservative political agendas.

The editorial referred to Washington itself as a modern-day "Sodom and Gomorrah."