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Free speech and video games

Stan got me thinking about recent Supreme Court case about free speech and video games in his post about Free Speech.  For the record, I’m certainly opposed to these violent video games.

Briefly, the story is that the Supreme Court has struck down a California law that made it a crime to sell violent video games to children. It wasn’t even a close vote. The court ruled 7:2. The court made a stunning decision: Make parents responsible for their children. Is there any doubt that our court system (and the nation that supports it) has lost its mind?

This comment will probably reveal that I’m not a lawyer, but doesn’t the 1st Amendment specifically say that “Congress shall make no law . . .” and not “the States . . .?'”  Also, wouldn’t this get in the way of the 10th Amendment?

More importantly, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the headlines noting that the responsibility to regulate this would now fall on parents.  That’s one of the major problems of people looking to government to solve all their problems.  The government solutions are usually counterproductive, but like drinking salt water the people just look to the government to solve even more problems.

This is just another example of the slippery slope of government intervention.  Countless parents have come to expect the government to feed their kids multiple meals per day, even if it means wildly wasteful programs.  But what could be a more basic responsibility of parents than to feed their kids?

Even though I thought the court’s view of this as a 1st Amendment issue was an overreach, I’m glad to see them err on that side.  It may mean we’ll have just a little more time before any criticism of the LGBTQX agenda is considered illegal.

Quote of the week

Via Video: “I’m phobia-phobic” Mark Steyn on Free Speech.  Click the link for more.  Steyn rocks.

. . . if you’re not in favor of free speech you find offensive, repellent and loathsome, you’re not in favor of free speech at all and you’re on the side of creeping totalitarianism.

He cited a bizarre example in the U.K., where an moderate Muslim was charged with hate speech for saying that Islam considers homosexual behavior to be sinful and a pro-gay group was charged as well for criticizing Islam for the same reason.  But they both said the same thing: Islam opposes homosexual behavior!  This is what you get with the passive-aggressive faux-tolerance of the Left.

You do not have a Constitutional right to never be offended.

False teacher inconsistency

False teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie are being inconsistent in their treatment of religious freedom, such as in Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ – Jim Wallis – God’s Politics Blog.

Of course the Quran burning by a tiny church (though probably not as tiny as Chuck’s) is ridiculous and should be discouraged.  But why was it great for Muslims to mock the U.S. with the Ground Zero Mosque and bad for this guy to criticize Islam?   Are they for free speech or not?

Why is it OK to criticize this Florida pastor but not the Muslims building the Ground Zero Mosque? Conservatives are being consistent and criticizing both.  Liberals like Jim and Chuck are being inconsistent and only criticizing one side and trying to prevent criticism of the other.

Why not use this as an example to tell the world why the Christian response (pointing out to the Muslims why their Mosque is grossly insensitive but not restricting their free speech rights) is so superior to the Islamic response to burning a book (“kill lots of people now, whether they were involved in the Quran burning or not!”).

Ann Coulter explains it well:

In response to Gen David Petraeus’ denunciation of Florida pastor Terry Jones’ right to engage in a symbolic protest of the 9/11 attacks by burning copies of the Quran this Sept. 11, President Obama said: “Let me be clear: As a citizen, and as president, I believe that members of the Dove World Outreach Center have the same right to freedom of speech and religion as anyone else in this country.”

Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida lauded Obama’s remarks, saying America is “a place where you’re supposed to be able to practice your religion without the government telling you you can’t.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Obama’s words a “clarion defense of the freedom of religion” — and also claimed that he had recently run into a filthy jihadist who actually supported the Quran-burning!

Keith Olbermann read the poem “First they came …” on air in defense of the Quran-burners, nearly bringing himself to tears at his own profundity.

No wait, my mistake. This is what liberals said about the ground zero mosque only five minutes ago when they were posing as First Amendment absolutists. Suddenly, they’ve developed amnesia when it comes to the free-speech right to burn a Quran.

Weirdly, conservatives who opposed building the mosque at ground zero are also against the Quran burning