The free thinking argument, that blows away the notion of illegal prostitution, is that of pornography. Pornography, or porn, is nothing more than prostitution that has been state-sanctioned, taxed, filmed, and distributed. However, because it is taxed — politicians have left it alone — until now.
If one is truly for freedom, outlawing consensual acts between adults should be resisted — even if these acts involve the swapping of bodily fluids. And, although the state claims the right to kidnap and cage people for engaging in these consensual acts, it does not mean they are somehow immoral.
The Free Thought Project has long objected to the prohibition of sex work as it creates crime, sends sex workers into dangerous situations, and outlaws one of the oldest professions in the world. While the prohibition of sex work is bad enough, a bill proposed by South Carolina lawmakers goes one step further by outlawing the consensual act, involving only a single party, of viewing pornography on one’s own computer.
According to a bill pre-filled this month by state Rep. Bill Chumley, computer sellers would be required to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices with access to the internet to block people from viewing pornography and other ‘obscene content.’
According to the AP, the proposal also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities prostitution and would require manufacturers or sellers to block any websites that facilitate trafficking.
Sure, on the surface, for the hardcore Christians in society who wish to snub out the act of sex for pleasure, this idea seems rational enough. However, the very notion of government mandated functionality on electronic devices that can block ANY content, up to and including porn, should set off alarms.
First, they came for the pornography.
If for one second, you think that the state would limit its ability to block internet access solely reserved for pornography, you haven’t been paying attention. The federal government, right this moment, is plotting away behind marble walls to conceive ways to stop you from viewing content they deem inappropriate — fake news anyone?
Of course, this bill has loopholes within that speak to the nature of the state’s greed which would allow the electronics manufacturers to pay a small fee to unblock the system. Buyers too, in this new legislation, can pay the government $20 to confirm their age, register their device in the state program, and remove the filter.
It is a win-win for tyranny. Under the guise of blocking kids from pornography, the state gets to force device manufacturers to install built-in functionality designed for government-sanctioned censorship — all the while keeping tabs on the hardware, but collecting money to free up porn access.
Of course, Chumley says all the money collected will go toward the Attorney General Office’s human trafficking task force. However, when was the last time you’ve seen government NOT misappropriate funds?
Sadly, this is the second such instance this year of lawmakers attempting to control our lives through censorship and government dictates of what information we can and cannot consume.
In March, the Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement, also known as pornography, as a public health crisis. Supporters of the resolution likened pornography to an infectious disease.
“We do need to see this (pornography) like avian flu, cholera, diphtheria or polio,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, member of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “It needs to be eradicated.”
This resolution was the first of its kind in the United States, but it’s a notion that is becoming increasingly popular among religious lawmakers as now evidenced in South Carolina.
While the notion of pornography isn’t the best way to sell the opposition against this bill, the idea of government hardware or software installed on electronic devices with the sole function of censoring content deemed ‘obscene’ by the state should shock the conscience.
Please share this story so that people can stand up to one of the most tyrannical examples of a legislative wolf in sheep’s clothing that we’ve ever seen.
Also, feel free to call or write the lawmaker with the information below — to peacefully voice your discontent with such tyranny.
Representative William M. “Bill” Chumley
304A Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC 29201
Business Phone (803) 212-6894