judge blocks 1998 online porn law

a federal judge has struck down a 1998 online porn law that was intended to protect minors from content that was deemed "harmful by contemporary community standards." US district judge lowell reed, jr. said that "parents can protect their children through software filters and other less restrictive means that do not limit the rights of others to free speech."

i agree.

see, it isn't the proper role of government to say what is or is not "acceptable" speech or expression. if a parent doesn't want their children exposed to pornography or other types of adult material (a concern i can certainly appreciate), then the parents should invest in a sort of firewall or filtering program that would prohibit access to such sites. any parent that can afford a computer and internet access can certainly afford a decent filter, available at any electronics retailer for a mere twenty dollars.

i'm glad that judge reed has struck down the law. i'm bothered anytime the government starts deciding what is or is not appropriate, particularly when it involves appropriate speech or any other first amendment issue. as a christian, i find that my conservative views on such issues as abortion and homosexuality are in the minority. already, the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) community has begun to legislate its agenda - recently in indianapolis, homosexuality has been deemed an immutable trait, raised to the same level as race or gender. the argument is that homosexuality is a condition into which people are born (though there is no scientific data to support this argument). the GLBT community is moving to prevent any speech that would be deemed "hateful," including the preaching of biblical principles against homosexuality. as long as there are precedents of laws where it has been unacceptable for the government to dictate proper or acceptable speech, then my right to preach against homosexuality will continue to be protected. once the government is allowed to legislate what is "acceptable", my rights as an american are in danger.