According to CNet, the Bush Administration is pushing for all websites that have on them or provide “sexually explicit” content, to be required to have “official government warning labels” on them, or the website owner will face prison.
In a way, I find this a bit on the absurdly humorous side. Can you picture a little “Registered with the Department of Justice” logo on New York Hotties? Or a picture of Alberto Gonzales‘s face with “I have reviewed this website” on The Rentboy Diaries?
Irony aside, this isn’t going to stop Jimmy Swaggart from being tempted, spare the Southern Baptist Convention any embarrassment, or preclude any Catholic priest from abusing his station. It won’t stop one rape, or prevent a child from being molested, but simply make it harder to talk about issues that need to be debated and discussed.
Once upon a time, the words “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” actually meant something. I wonder what Mr. Gonzales thinks the word “liberty” means when he says the Pledge of Allegiance. Look at the last definition. Think that website will need approval?