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Every time I hear that phrase I want to puke… It has been used to justify 100’s of “moral” legislation, censorship laws, invasion of privacy, and generic bills that have no purpose but to “protect the children”, at the expense of the rights of adult Americans/people/whatever. I could name every single thing that has been done to “protect kids” that cuts away at adults rights, but I would fill 500 pages… The big ones are…
A) Video Game/Heavy Metal/comic book/’whatever’ Censorship – One of the major things that always gets done that attacks the rights of adults in the name of “saving” the kids is censoring violent games. For years violent games have been the scapegoat of the media in the US and abroad. School shootings always get pinned on violent games, even though there is sufficient evidence that child psychosis had infinitely more to do with school shootings than violent games. Many times after school shootings, the media makes up utter lies and outright hoaxes to make it look like violent games are actually the sole, or a major influence of violent school shooters, such as the “doom will become reality” hoax that was placed on Eric Harris’s AOL site after the school shooting. The debate over video game violence is another thing, it has gotten so bad that proponents of video game censorship who spew ridiculous theories that violent games desensitize, or are being used by the military to erode the inhibition to kill, have resorted to ridiculous anti-gamer rhetoric and death threats in the name of “protecting the kiddies”. My life has been personally threatened by these morons. more on that in the next article.
B) Attacks on Sexuality – Mostly indecent exposure charges, or similar, that are clearly based on irrational panics over child molestation, that are blown out of water by right wing conservative nutcase ‘journalists’. Public masturbation is arrested because it’s ‘rude’. It’s one thing if a child predator is looking a minors while doing the deed, but simply being naked in your own home, or playing with yourself there or outside when people could or do see you can lead to you being brandished a “child molester” via a sexual offender’s registry entry on you, and thanks to moral panics and right wing nutcase paranoia ‘journalism’, everyone thinks that 100% of sex offenders are all rapists or paedophiles. Many are people who simply urinated in public.. I’m serious.
I recently read a story where a whole town went nuts when Some guy took a completely nude statue made by Michelangelo (with male genitals and all), and put it on his front lawn. The Panic was insane, complaints about ‘sexual content’ and the ‘effect on children of the ‘poneography’ were debated. WHAT PORNOGRAPHY? THE STATUE HAD A DICK. IT WASN’T FUCKING ANOTHER STATUE! That’s the problem, people see nudity, or affection, or kissing and think… PORN! ITS FUCKING NUTS. Don’t get me started on complaints of pornographic material where no sex is seen. Mild sexual content is labeled “Graphic Sexual content”. Hardcore is non-existent outside of real porn so they have no label for that. Nudity is sexual content.. WTF! Kissing = PORN! to these people… It’s insane.
C) Internet Filtering Nonsense – The whole country demands that filters be put on every possible place that has A) Internet access and B) Actual or Possible presence of young or any-age children. Many of the times the filters block out legit sites or censor things that the moral majority thinks are bad for kids, (violent video games sites and heavy metal sites were blocked by the Great Aussie Firewall – Australia’s MANDATORY internet filtering required at any internet access point, private or public.) Other things that get censored are sites relating to Health issues and other ‘Adult’ things that the moral majority goes into moral panics over… All in the name of protecting kids from the ‘filth’ online… Now the real problem is that the administrator of these filters can decide what sites or keywords to block, making it so if someone who runs a library and has extremist christian views that demand that site x and it’s ilk shouldn’t be allowed, he/or/she can decide to the whole world who enters his/or/her library what they can’t view! I tested some of these filters and the control they give the admin to choose what to block, what specific sites, etc, is scary. Imagine a library where you can’t view a certain popular gaming site or a metal site or any other thing controversial to the admin due to paranoia over it. It isn’t your imagination. It’s possible and could happen now due to the control these filters give to choose sites the admin simply doesn’t like or is offended by. Now comes the true issue to me. Mandatory filtering is something these people will try to push on the public eventually. Like in Australia. Over there Metal and Video Game sites are blocked by EVERY filter on EVERY computer that has internet access. It’s The law. The very corrupt and brutally biased law, mind you. Other countries use filters to block Anti-country Propaganda, but filtering Metal sites is based on (IMHO) paranoia over satanism and a global satanic cult that the religious right keeps on bringing up that all of the metal community, fans, and all bands are part of that is taking part in secret child molestation, and ‘Baby eating’. Munchy!
Baby Eating? Seriously. During the panic over satanic cults in El Paso Texas in the 80’s… This was one of the allegations against cultists who turned out to be metalheads… WTF! The reason for the filtering of video sites has to do with the long standing anti-video game issues in that country which basically boil down to Australia’s strict censorship system that outright bans any games that are too graphic for the prudish turds over there…. Add the lies made up by certain experts claiming violent games are used in the military to break down the inhibition to kill, and can be used to train for a real firefight and you have a panic. That is what is happening, in the US, Germany, and elsewhere.
All of these because these people are so paranoid over the protection of kids… So paranoid that the rights of adults have to be smothered in the process. It’s pathetic.