Utah Lawmaker Wants to Remove Porn From the Internet

Mormons:  The religion that’s given us the state of Utah, a Broadway musical, Lindsey Stirling, and politicians who seem to be waging a never-ending war on 99.9% of the web.

State senator Todd Weiler made the headlines not too long ago after successfully getting Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis.  Clearly, in a state where 25% of the population is obese (as of 2014) and there is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, the real killer is boobs on a computer screen.  I digress, however.

Senator Weiler claimed that his work is far from done.  This was only the first step in his war on porn.  Senator Weiler’s next plan is to propose new legislation which would “require Internet service providers add filters so everyone in Utah has to opt-in to view pornography.”

He also wants to make sure there are restrictions on technology in the home, as well.  He has two other bills which would restrict access to porn on smart phones and tablets (and computers in libraries) via online filters.  To remove the filters, users would have to prove that they are at least 18 years old.  And we all know that people never lie on the Internet, don’t we?

While Sen. Weiler has quite a bit of support in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah, there are some detractors to his plans.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports:

Pete Ashdown, founder of Salt Lake City-based Internet provider XMission, said completely filtering the Internet of porn is impossible from a technological standpoint, citing China’s failure to fully restrict its citizens’ access to certain parts of the Internet. He said it would likely involve finding and filtering out each individual website that contains porn.

“Trying to control the Internet in these broad stroke ways never works,” he said. “Whether you’re an autocratic government trying to tell people that democracy is not good for them or an uptight legislator in Utah telling everyone what is pornography and what is not pornography.”

First Amendment lawyer Andrew McCullough says such a requirement would restrict free speech, as it would involve blocking certain postings.

“I really don’t expect that the state of Utah is going to be able to exercise that kind of control over an interstate item such as the Internet,” he said. “I don’t think they have the jurisdiction to.”

Who can think about petty things like “jurisdiction” or “free speech” or “reality.”  The children are at risk!  What on earth will happen if the people of Utah learn that porn exists?  It’s not like they have family, or religious leaders, to talk to and discuss the issue!  No, this is a job for the government!  The government never screws up!

http://www.sltrib.com/news/3915832-155/utah-lawmaker-wants-porn-filtered-from

 

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