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"Would someone please think of the children!" UK officials argue

These days free adult entertainment is just a click away for most with internet access in the U.S. and Europe.  Some argue that sexual liberation is a sign that society has at last overcome its shame over what is an essential biological function.  Others argue it's a sign of moral degradation and a terrible corrupter of youth.

I. Britain Prepares to Disrobe Anit-Porn Plot

British Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the UK's Conservative Party, is reportedly siding with those who argue that porn is a "nasty, bad, naughty" social apparatus.  The UK-based Guardian, the second most read English-language online newspaper in the world, is reporting that PM Cameron will announce plans to whack unfettered access to porn off the net.

The politican-cum-activist borrows his anti-porn agenda from a report by UK-based nonprofit Mothers' Union.  As one might imagine this "moral conservative" group is upset about sexualization of society and hopes to return the nation to a more platonic, repressed era.

Elements of its proposed plan, which PM Cameron plans to put, at least partially, into law includes:
  • Age restrictions on music videos (akin to ESRB ratings on video games).
  • Bans or quotas on teen-aimed clothing with "sexually suggestive" messages.
  • A new website -- Parentport (to be launched at -- which allows parents to directly complain about internet content.  Suggestions will be forwarded to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, The BBC Trust, Ofcom, the Press Complaints Commission, British Board of Film Classification, and other censorship affiliated organization, which may opt to censor the internet comment, denying UK citizens access to it.
  • A mandatory opt in for adults to view pornographic content.
II. Replacing Parenting With Gov't Censorship

The mandatory opt-in is a particularly thorny issue.  BT (BT), Sky Broadband, TalkTalk (LON:TALK) and Virgin Media, Inc. (VMED) -- some of the UK's largest ISPs -- have reportedly agreed to participate in such a scheme.  It is unclear whether existing subscribers would be required to opt in, or merely new ones.

The plot is the culmination of years of lobbying by close colleague of PM Cameron, Conservative Member of Parliament Claire Perry.  Ms. Perry, a mother of three, argues that parents should not have to put the effort in to police their childrens' internet use.  Rather she feels that the government should thrust itself into the role of playing parent.  She argues that censorship has benefited many other aspects of British society, and censoring internet porn fills an important hole in the nation's comprehensive censorship legislation.

MP Claire Perry
Conservative Party MP Claire Perry [Source: BBC News]

She states, "As a mother with three children I know how difficult it is to keep children from seeing inappropriate material on the internet.  We already successfully regulate British TV channels, cinema screens, High Street hoardings and newsagent shelves to stop children seeing inappropriate images and mobile phone companies are able to restrict access to adult material so why should the internet be any different?"

III. America Next?

The idea of America's former colonial master censoring the internet may seem offensive to many Americans, but some in America are making similar arguments in favor of beating back the sexually liberated nature of modern society.

Prominent Republican "Tea Party" politician Christine O'Donnell has long suggested that masturbation is a sin, commenting, "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."

Christine O'Donnell
Prominent Republican "Tea Party" politician Christine O'Donnell has argued for banning sex ed in the U.S. [Source: Getty Images]

She supports banning sexual education in schools, suggesting it leads to children being sexually abused.  She comments, "[Sex ed] breaks down the natural modesty that exists within children to protect them.  Then suddenly talking to that stranger with candy on the playground is not so creepy."

And anti-pornography efforts have some support from corporate America.  Late Apple, Inc. (AAPL) executive Steve Jobs bragged of his crusade to offer i-device owners "freedom from porn".

Clearly many fundamentalist U.S. Christian "moral conservatives", like their old world peers, feel that pornography is sinful.  And many of these individuals have already effectively argued that the U.S. should be a theocracy, governed by Christian laws and politicians.  Thus it might not be surprising to see moral conservatives in the States in the next few years follow in step with the Old World's anti-pornography crusade.

Source: Guardian

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RE: Ban religous sites
By heerohawwah on 10/11/2011 8:04:03 PM , Rating: -1
Really, Honestly? Wow, have you ever heard of this thing called "context?" The bible is quite clear on which forms of 'sex' are good and not degrading or abusive.
Ban Religion huh? You do know it's been tried before right? It was called Stalinism, where the Atheistic government enforced its policy of no religion, exterminating Christians and anyone else who didn't agree with them. Entire families disappeared over night, thousands of people murdered. China did the same thing in what is known as the Social Revolution.
Obviously you have never spent anytime considering where your own ideals and beliefs come from. Atheism is extremely religious, and generally backed by evolution is completely without moral code. In fact if your an atheist who believes in right and wrong, those ideals and beliefs of what that means, came from another religion, one outside of Atheism. As Atheism has no means to produce a moral code and has no need for one.
In regards to porn, it's one of the quickest and easiest ways to destroy and human mind and degrade woman. You'd have to be a pretty ignorant person not see the direct link between porn and human trafficking. There are 27 million sex slaves in the world today, women, children, boys and girls, a 31 Billion dollar criminal industry. Maybe you should try to help these girls instead of watching them get abused online for your entertainment.

RE: Ban religous sites
By lolmuly on 10/11/2011 10:17:21 PM , Rating: 3
Geez, the man only suggested we block the bible on the internet in an ironic fashion, and you assume he's an atheist? You christians are an uppity bunch aren't you?

Furthermore, what exactly is the link between trafficking children and internet porn? You seem to be watching the wrong kind of porn, perhaps you should send your hard drive in to the FBI for inspection.

And you wonder why everyone thinks you people are crazy.

RE: Ban religous sites
By heerohawwah on 10/11/11, Rating: 0
RE: Ban religous sites
By TeXWiller on 10/12/2011 3:43:26 AM , Rating: 2
There is some differences between the regulated American sex industry and the unregulated and usually illegal world of prostitution and pornography at large. Look for those Section 2257 notifications on your favourite porn sites. Regular model reappearances and the way they promote themselves are also a good indicator of well behaving members (pun intended) of the industry.

RE: Ban religous sites
By foolsgambit11 on 10/12/2011 4:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
It sounds like what you're arguing for is better regulation of the porn-creation industry (and the sex-trade industry). Those issues are distinct from concerns about the porn-distribution industry, and could (read should) be handled separately.

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