Ban Internet Porn . . . Can They Do That?

07 Mar 2013 Ban Internet Porn . . . Can They Do That?

Breakpoint, March 7 2013: If the Moral Majority had thought of this, the media would be flipping out. If Mitt Romney had proposed this, then they’d say we’re on the verge of a new Dark Ages.

But the idea comes not from conservative Lynchburg or Provo but from liberal Iceland—that’s right, Iceland—a European social welfare state with fewer than 400,000 residents living on a volcanic island in the North Atlantic. Tiny Iceland has a big problem—violent, hardcore internet pornography, which officials say endangers women and children. That’s why some officials want to block access to it.

“We have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which we all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime,” says Iceland’s interior minister. He’s drafting a law to end access to online pornographic images and videos by young people through computers, games, and smartphones.

The aim is to install a filter to keep the hurtful material, which is already banned in print form, off Iceland’s computers. As one political adviser to told the Daily Mail, “Surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet.”

This isn’t the push of a lone right-wing candidate or party, but the deliberate consensus of a broad swath of Icelandic society—everyone from the police, to child-welfare experts, to educators. Such images, in the true sense of the word, corrupt the minds of those who view them, and Iceland aims to step in for the good of society. Keep reading here


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