In its editorial "Rappers Released" {Oct. 28}, The Post reported that members of the Florida jury that decided the 2 Live Crew case laughed in the van going back to their hotel each evening. The jury members even said that they made up their own parody of the trial proceedings. Considering that the trial was about lyrics too vile to be printed in The Post, I wonder what a jury, which included three elderly women and a male church-choir member, could find so amusing.

In his article "Culture Has Consequences" {op-ed, Oct. 26}, Charles Krauthammer may have correctly interpreted why the Florida jury found the violent and obscene lyrics so laughable. "Community standards," he wrote, "having adjusted to fit the culture, have reached a new low."

But the jury members also said that hearing the offensive language time after time during the trial caused the language to lose its shock value for them. That gave me the shudders. Their admission seems to prove that desensitization results from prolonged exposure to pornographically violent materials.

There are some, including The Post, that argue that First Amendment rights extend to groups like 2 Live Crew, but it is impossible to extrapolate the words "to promote the general welfare" to include the right to violate and abase fellow beings.

Stripping away another mortal's self-respect and dignity is the antithesis of humanitarianism. The Florida jury proved that pornography can do that in an otherwise civilized society. FRANCES SKINNER Oxon Hill

In "Culture Has Consequences," Charles Krauthammer tried to persuade readers that 2 Live Crew, MTV and other aspects of our modern music and media age are responsible for everything from a high teenage pregnancy rate to our growing number of homicides.

Like earlier censorship crusaders who blamed the rock music of the '50s for society's problems, Mr. Krauthammer should realize that it will take far more complex solutions than simply turning off the boob-tube to help our society.

Perhaps the state of the U.S. education system, the lack of proper gun-control laws and the growing size of the underclass would make better examples of possible causes for the numerous crime statistics that Mr. Krauthammer cited.

IAN A. GERARD Washington