Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's not bong hits 4 Jesus, but . . .

A federal court in Philadelphia this morning struck down the Child Online Protection Act of 1998, a sequel to the 1996 anti-porn law struck down by the Supreme Court. Wrote Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed: "Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection."

The Court, with one exception, has struck down every law passed by Congress intended to regulate sexually-explicit material on the Internet. In 2003, the Court ruled that a federal law requiring public libraries to use "blocking software" did not violate the First Amendment.

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