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Law Would Block Porn On Computers Sold In South Carolina

Law Would Block Porn On Computers Sold In South Carolina December 19, 2016

Conservative Christian lawmakers in South Carolina want to deny citizens access to online porn.

A bill introduced by state Rep. Bill Chumley would require all computers sold in the state to be equipped with software to “prevent the viewing of obscene content.”

The bill would make it illegal for anyone in the state to sell a computer, tablet, or smartphone without a porn filter.

The anti-porn bill, called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, was pre-filed before the Christmas break and will be considered when the South Carolina legislature returns to session next month.

The bill would fine manufacturers that sell a device without a porn blocking system.

However, the bill does make some allowances for removing the porn filtering software from new devices. AP reports both sellers and buyers could get around the limitation, for a fee. Sellers could opt out of the requirement by paying $20 per device sold; and buyers could also opt out if they verify their age and pay $20 to remove the filter.

In other words, the law would, in effect, require pre-installed, government sanctioned, ransomware to be installed on every computer, tablet, or smartphone sold in South Carolina.

According to reports, the money raised by the government sanctioned ransomware would go toward a human trafficking task force set up by the Attorney General’s Office. Hence, the name of the bill: The Human Trafficking Prevention Act.

The bill is yet another example of how conservative Christians have hijacked the Republican party, and how they continue to make a mockery of the notion that Republicans stand for small government.

The puritanical attempt to prevent individuals from accessing porn is religious extremism run amok, and the government sanctioned ransomware is in some ways reminiscent of the Catholic Church’s medieval practice of selling dispensations.

To be clear, the effort to end human trafficking should be supported. However, the attempt to deny citizens access to online porn is not the way to do it.

Bottom line: The proposed legislation to block porn on computers bought and sold in South Carolina is yet another despicable example of Christian conservatives trying to impose their narrow and misguided morality on the general public.

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