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Censorship

 

Censorship is a variety of things from yelling ^fire^ in a
crowded theater to showing sexual intercourse on
television. These things aren^t all either, there are
millions of things we use or see every day that are
censored for a reason. The reason can be many but the three
most important reasons are for an adult or child^s
wellbeing, for the decency of our society and for privacy
of each other. All of these things are censored because our
lives are influenced by these reasons in one way or
another. This will tell you that with out censorship we
would live in a world so dirty and irresponsible so
indecent and shameful that it could not exist. We pretty
much ignore the growth in violence and sexual abuse in our
movies and on television. Have they gone away? According to
researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, by the time
an average child leaves high school, he or she will have
watched the happening of 18,000 murders on television.
Prime time says the National Coalition on Television
Violence, is filled with degrading sexual material and
incidents ^where violence is strongly glamorized or used to
excite.^ There have been 85 major studies of the effects of
such violence on children. Eighty-four of the eighty- five
concluded that it caused an increase in all manner of
aggressive behavior, up to and including homicide. What
happened to the one study that disagreed? Well, they were
paid off by the National Broadcasting Company that just
shows how guilty they are of producing violence from
television. Another study shows that American children are
having sexual intercourse at an average age of 16. If the
te! levision was not censored as much as it is today these
things would be much worse, our children would be sexual
active at very young ages and crime rates would shoot
upward. A civilization does not rise in the strength of
it^s laws, however. It rises on the strength of its values.
What values are we teaching by not having censorship in our
society? No its not freedom of speech and its not freedom
of the press. It is decency. What all civilized social
orders, including our own, have consistently identified as
decent, civilized behavior. The real threat to the republic
is not what might happen to rights, but what is happening
to a society grown dangerously out of touch with its own
standards and values. At the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in
California a 17 year old girl was raped while more than 50
people watched, is that what our values should be? Social
orders are established, governments are formed and laws are
passed for one reason and one reason only, to protect the
people. Part of that task has to do with protecting people
against themselves, against the degrading and the
uncivilized influences that corrupt life and are every bit
harmful as a blow to the head or a gun in the ribs.

 




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