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Laws, Porn, and Human Trafficking

Oh, state of Georgia.  I live here. I just learned of House Bill 509. From Facebook.

 

Text reads

***To All My GA Friends***

There is a bill that we are trying to pass…The Human Trafficking Prevention Act. If passed, in 2019, all computers and cell phones will have porn blocked. To unblock the porn you will have to pay a fee of $20. I want to talk to the pastors about this bill so if you think your pastor would be interested reply in the comments section with your church name.

This is an actual bill, 

This person on facebook isn’t even pretending this isn’t a religiously motivated bill labeled “human trafficking prevention” when it’s all about blocking porn.  This isn’t technically feasible, this isn’t remotely constitutional, and how are pastors remotely qualified to comment?  Oh wait, god.

Just a few reminders

  • Porn has no legal definition other than the Supreme Court says it is obvious when seen.
  • Obscene material, while not legally definable, is still protected speech.
  • The first of the four software freedoms states that you have the freedom to run your programs as you wish, for any purpose.
  • Porn doesn’t cause human trafficking.

 

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Elizabeth is a professional belly dancer, a flaky computer scientist, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She lives in Georgia (the state of the U.S., not the country) but is nonetheless somehow not a combination of stereotypes from Gone with the Wind and Deliverance. Her personal blog is Coffeefied. Operafied. Fluffified. Beglittered.

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