Judge This: Sex Offenders In Illinois Banned From Social Networking Sites


Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law making it illegal for sex offenders to use social networking sites. Is this a necessary ban to protect the state’s children? Or a misguided move guaranteed to keep criminals who’ve paid their debt living on the margins of society?

Read the story here (and its comments section which includes a reply from someone claiming to be a sex offender himself) and then offer us Your Thoughts in our comments section.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Evangelos

    Most certainly it’s overkill and defacto double jeopardy. But this also speaks of the misunderstanding of the use of social networking sites, and serves to emphasize the rather peculiar myth espoused by social conservatives and suburbian housewives of recent years that sex predators are waiting behind corners, rocks, and the assorted trap-door in parks to spring up like animatronic monsters in a haunted house exhibit and grab their children. I recall a rather good 20/20 piece a few months ago on this myth.

  • Dan Fincke

    Hilariously put, my friend, and I think I agree with you.

    Do you know where to find this 20/20 piece? I can’t locate it on the youtubes so far.

  • Evangelos

    Ahh, I spent a few hours searching, myself, but for the life of me I can’t find it. It may very well have been an episode of “Penn & Teller:Bullshit”, but I’m afraid I can’t find that either. I do remember that in the piece they covered the columnist at the New York Sun who let her son ride the subway alone almost as a protest of paranoia, so here’s her article on that, as a consolation:

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