A note about minors' rights in general, that
gets back on the topic of Internet censorship towards the
end, so read the whole thing.
The First Amendment says fake scientists can
about the "black stupidity gene", ex-Nazis can
for state governor, and a Kansas minister can
funerals of gay men with signs saying "AIDS cures fags".
The point is not to take these people's rights away --
their rights are as important as anyone else's -- but
if you can support free speech for people like that,
you ought to be able to support the rights of
people under 18 as well.
This Web site was created because we don't accept the
excuses for treating minors with fewer rights than convicted
Smut on the Internet -- you're going to be harmed more
a hamburger than by seeing a picture of two people
having sex (at least the hamburger has
in it like cholesterol; the picture doesn't do anything). Sex in
the movies -- it's insulting to victims of real crime that you once could have
to jail in Ohio for showing
Love to a minor, since it got an R rating for showing
Gwynyth Paltrow's breasts for about five seconds. These
are not good enough reasons for treating 40 million Americans
as if their rights are not important.
If you lived at home when you turned 18, did your family fall
apart just because you suddenly had all these rights as a human
being? If you're under 18, do you think your family would fall
apart if you got all of those rights tomorrow? You'd
live with your parents anyway (even most 18-year-olds do),
and your parents always have the right to
decide what's for dinner if they're cooking it.
Other countries have
of majority, and people don't sue their parents as soon as they
become full citizens,
they mostly stay where the free food is. So much for
the moral fabric of society".
Where minors' rights would make a difference, would
be for people under 18 who die
state laws ban them
from seeing a real doctor
if their parents would rather use "faith healers". Or for
the college-bound students in Kansas, where the board of education
evolution from the science curriculum under pressure
from parents' groups,
Pat Buchanan that "parents have the
right to insist that godless evolution not be taught to their
children". Or teenagers that want to date
a member of another race, even though Gallup said in 1994 that
most white American parents
relationships, but most of their kids
"moral fabrics" need tearing.)
So, our information on disabling blocking software is
mostly symbolic. For a few people, it will be their
only way to get vital information on AIDS or birth
but for everybody else, it's just the principle
of the thing: Think for yourself before you're 18.