Viewing child pornography in New York is now legal, an obvious step forward for pedophile rights all across this nation of ours.
As Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote in a majority decision for the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday, “The purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York.”
Apparently, state law criminalizes the creation, possession, distribution, promotion or facilitation of child pornography. But it doesn’t specifically mention taking a peek or two, says Ciparick. “[S]ome affirmative act is required (printing, saving, downloading, etc.) to show that [the] defendant in fact exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen. To hold otherwise would extend the reach of (state law) to conduct—viewing—that our Legislature has not deemed criminal.”
Surprisingly enough (Or maybe not?), there seem to be a lot of “normal” people in favor of the controversial decision. And they make some decent arguments to support their positions.
They point out how anybody can accidentally find pornographic images on the internet, which their computer memory automatically files away. Others argue that child pornography laws have condemned everybody from high school kids who “sext” nude pictures of themselves, to grandmothers printing harmless pictures of their naked baby grandchildren.
In other words, where’s it going to stop? How many innocent people (or at least people who don’t fit into the traditional definition of a “pedophile) are going to have to suffer that way?
But maybe – just maybe – that’s not the right question to be asking. Maybe, instead of looking at the small minority of actually innocent people who have been hurt by such legislation, we should think about all of the innocents who will suffer without that judicial deterrent.
Maybe, instead of making it easier for everyone – including child-molesters and molester-wanna-bes – to get away with accidentally or purposely viewing innocent or illicit images of naked children, we should be asking why there’s such a prevalence of child pornography at all.
Could it be because the political and social policies we’ve pushed over the last several decades have actually been promoting perversion, both of the intellect and of the conscience?
Is it because our culture has rotted so far that grown men and women actually crave the prepubescent bodies of little boys and girls instead of mature relationships? Is it because we’ve sexualized everything “normal” into boring insignificance, prompting people to seek out kicks in unconventional and frankly revolting ways?