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  • Adult Content, the Moral Minority and the First Amendment

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    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.

    Adult Content

    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.

    For a look into where all of this could lead, you may want to read: Fahrenheit 451 by: Ray Bradbury or George Orwell’s 1984.


  • Reading Challenge

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    October Reading Challenge

    I have decided to read a LOT in October. With the writing challenge looming over my head for November, I thought what better time to read than now. Not only am I reading, I am going the extra step to post reviews on Goodreads. I usually keep my opinions about books to myself. This is new for me, but that is the fun in life. Doing things we have not done before.

    I do not expect anyone to really care what I think, like or dislike about their books. The idea is to actually absorb the story/information and give an honest unsolicited opinion about it. I have always been an avid reader, sometimes to the point of distraction. It is high time I let the authors I enjoy know that they are appreciated with words as well as cash.

    I will try to share what I’m currently reading as well as a copy of my reviews on the Library forum here in the Lair. I finished a book called “Led into Temptation” by: J. E. & M. Keep and Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story “A Descent into the Maelstrom” that is part of “The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” yesterday.

    I have been a fan of Poe’s since I was in my early teens, so I tend to devour his writings. J.E. & M. Keep are a relatively new find in the erotic genre for me.

    Why I Read

    They say you are supposed to read books in your genre to help you learn how to write them better. My problem is that there are no books in my genre so, I will continue to read and hopefully expand my mind and knowledge.

    I read because I enjoy being whisked away by the words on the page. A good writer takes me away from the here and now and plunges me into their world. For me, a good book is better than a movie or TV show. I get more fully immersed in the writer’s world. Things look and feel the way I imagine them to, not some Hollywood script writer’s translation of them.

    Books vs Movies

    Most movies do not do the books justice. People do not look close to their description, things are left out (usually due to time constraints), some things happen in the wrong order or even the wrong place. One of biggest examples of a book and movie being nothing alike is Cujo by: Stephen King. The movie is from poor Donna’s point of view. – no spoilers here – While it is a terrifying movie at times, it is not close to the book. The book is from poor, tortured Cujo’s point of view. -still no spoilers-

    Cujo – book vs movie is a blazing and perfect example of how Point of View can transform a story almost completely into another tale.

    Since I could go on for hours and hours on the subject of books, I will attempt to control myself and leave you with this little tid bit. Find an author you like (no easy task some days) and read something of theirs that is not their best know work. I find out as much about them as I do myself this way. Some authors, I only like their “popular” stuff, others I devour everything they write with ravenous abandon.

    Find your own unique reading challenge, there are quite a few of them out there or create your own. Share what you like or dislike with us over on the forums.