Adult Content, the Moral Minority and the First Amendment
Adult Content, the Moral Minority and the First Amendment is a very long title for one of my posts, however these three things are interconnected. Especially where this blog and my fiction writing are concerned. People think they are persecuted because of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender and many other things. This may or may not be the case depending upon the circumstances. You have seen nothing until you try to create a website that may include profanity or adult related material.
Good luck finding a host for your website that does not cost a mint. Thankfully, I found TMD hosting. They are not porn central or anything like that. What they are is user-friendly. They do not care about your content as long as it is legal. In my opinion that is what all hosts should do. The ones that do not do that are discriminating against legal content that does not fit into the “Moral Minority’s” list of “acceptable” topics of conversation.
The Moral Minority
I know, most people think of them as a majority. Take some time and look around the internet and your town. Are they really the majority? Compare the people in church on their Sabbath vs the number of people in the bars on Friday & Saturday nights. Even more fun, compare the church goes to the number of people in a restaurant or fast food joint or a sporting event. Truth is more people show up for almost anything than they do for church. The reason they are thought of as a majority is because they are loud, vocal and visual. Christians being among the loudest. Because of these things, there are insane limits on adult entertainment among others.
The First Amendment
Thank you for making the Constitution available to everyone.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” <— This seems straight forward enough, but let’s clarify a little.
“The Supreme Court has held that restrictions on speech because of its content—that is, when the government targets the speaker’s message—generally violate the First Amendment.” This makes it even more clear.
Isn’t it funny that while it is unconstitutional for the government to restrict the content of what we say to express ourselves, it is perfectly all right for everyone else to do it. If it is in fact unconstitutional to restrict speech based on “content”, why is it so rampant. This is especially true on the internet.
You can find all kinds of hate websites and yes even pornography, but you will find that most of the pornography sites are hosted outside the USA due to this unfair persecution by the moral minority. There are sexual acts I would rather not see (I will however write about them). On the other side, I would rather see those than any message of hate.
My personal thoughts on the subject
Adult Content, the Moral Minority and the First Amendment, these three things should not be as intertwined as they are. I do not know if I am or will make a difference, but I will voice my opinion.
I would rather have someone read/look at adult material, role play socially unacceptable acts and the like than go out and do them. You can’t hurt my avatar/character, you can hurt me, my family and others.
The Bible is full of rape, mutilations, desecrations and a multitude of other horrors. Yet the moral minority would rather your children read it than something as innocent as the Harry Potter series of books. As a parent, this should worry you. They are discouraging children’s imagination. To me that is a warning sign to all those that love children. Never hinder a child’s imagination, help them explore it. If it scares you, help them find constructive ways to express it. Painting, drawing and writing are very good examples of constructive expression.
Personal choice is great, everyone should exercise this right and have the freedom to not be persecuted for it. Nobody should force their choices or ideals on others no matter who they are. To put it more simply: Your rights end where mine begin. Before you freak out about that statement, continue reading. This does not give criminals a free ride, it limits them severely, their right to cause harm to others is not condoned since it infringes on another’s rights.
What we can do
Share this blog post with your friends and family. Become more informed: ACLU, UNESCO, Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law are just a few places to become more informed and involved to speak out against this unconstitutional persecution.