Alan Sears

By almost any measurement, January wasn’t a very good month for children. As much as activists and politicians love to repeat the mantra that “children are our future,” the hard truth is that they seek to use all three branches of government to aggressively corrupt, corrode, and curtail that future for the next generation – the born and the unborn, within and beyond the borders of these increasingly less United States.

The latest loss for children comes, not unpredictably, disguised as a win for the American Civil Liberties Union in its preferred forum – the courts. ACLU attorneys were among the few celebrating Jan. 21 when the Supreme Court declined review on the efficacy of COPA, the Children’s Online Protection Act passed in 1998. Engulfed almost immediately by lawsuits, the law was never enforced, and for more than a decade has been winding its torturous way through the appellate process.

Foes of COPA, led by the ACLU, protested that the law’s restrictions placed an undue burden on adults who seek access to Internet pornography – in other words, an unfair infringement on the rights of those who cater to the lowest animal instincts of our society at the expense of our children. The ACLU does not care if the innocence of countless five- or seven- or 10-year-olds is destroyed by exposure to explicit sexual scenes. The important thing is that satyrs can have 24-hour-a-day access to their pornographic fix, without even having to go look for it.

Understand: COPA was a very minimal restriction, designed to block explicit teaser photos and video clips on Web pages that any child can access. It only required pornographic Web sites to screen out children by the use of credit card, adult access codes, or other “reasonable measures.”

Doesn’t that seem reasonable? Isn’t such token regulation worthwhile, for the sake of not searing a child’s still-impressionable, still-forming mind with sexual imagery beyond his comprehension and experience?

No, says the ACLU. The lusts and misogynistic impulses of adults must ever take precedence over the vulnerabilities of our children, and even over this act, passed by overwhelming numbers in Congress.

But then, it was Nancy Pelosi, majority leader of the U.S. Senate – who last month announced that one of the best things we could do for our nation’s struggling economy is to support those portions of a new economic stimulus package that give tax-breaks and other incentives to “family planning services.”


Alan Sears

Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.