You need not look far to find a tragic crime traceable to the Internet. In New Jersey in 1997, 15-year-old Sam Manzie, who had fallen prey to homosexual conduct prompted by the Internet, sexually assaulted and murdered 11-year-old Eddie Werner, who was selling candy door to door.
The Child Online Protection Act did not censor a single word or picture. Instead, it merely required the purveyors of sex-for-profit to screen their Web sites from minors, which can be done by credit card or other verification.
But minors are an intended audience for the highly profitable sex industry.
Impressionable teenagers are most easily persuaded to have abortions, and homosexual clubs in high school are designed for the young.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy declared it unconstitutional for Congress to stop porn flowing to teens, shifting the burden onto families to screen the graphic sex rather than imposing the cost on the companies profiting from the filth. His reasoning is as absurd as telling a family to pull down its shades if it they don't want to see people outside exposing themselves.
In a prior pro-porn decision, Kennedy cited Hollywood morals as a guide for the United States, but this time he relied on the prevalence of foreign pornography.
"Forty percent of harmful-to-minors content comes from overseas," he declared in holding that the other 60 percent of obscenity is wrapped in the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court insisted that individual Internet users should buy filters to block the vulgarity. Should those who dislike air pollution be told to buy gas masks?
The Supreme Court protects pornography in books, movies, cable television, and the Internet, real or simulated, against all citizens' clean-up efforts. The court is no longer the blindfolded lady weighing a controversy, but is dominated by media-driven supremacists forcing us do into a moral sewer.
This latest pro-porn decision was too much even for Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
Breyer said, "Congress passed the current statute in response to the court's decision" invalidating the prior law; "what else was Congress supposed to do?"
The solution to these ills foisted on us by judicial supremacists is for Congress to exercise its constitutional powers to remove jurisdiction from the federal courts over pornography. The Supreme Court has abused its power, and it is the duty of Congress to end the judicial abuse.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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