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Message to Australian Christian Lobby: You’re Probably Next to be Censored

I’m not sure why the Australian Christian Lobby is so gleeful over their government’s proposal to implement mandatory internet censorship:

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today welcomed Government moves towards a two-tiered Internet filtering system which would include mandatory blocking of illegal material.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said it is vital that better Internet safeguards are put in place to protect children and the community from the increasingly abusive and degrading material too easily available over the Internet from both legal and illegal sources.

“Obviously the Internet industry is going to continue to fight this important initiative but the interests of children must be placed first.

“The need to prevent access to illegal hard-core material and child pornography must be placed above the industry’s desire for unfettered access.”

More details on this proposal are here.

The ACL, like their counterparts in the U.S., aren’t thinking this through.  And they should: two Christian ministers in Australia just went through a legal ordeal where they were accused of hate crimes by Muslims upset that they pointed out what the Qur’an actually says.

I don’t like the garbage that’s on the Net these days either.  But it’s just as easy to block Christian material as it it pornography (easier, perhaps, because a lot of it is in text.)  And that’s one of the long-term objectives of hate crime legislation, on both sides of the Pacific.

The ACL needs to wake up and realise that they’re–and we–are probably next to be censored.


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