Thursday, October 29, 2009

Texas Law On Children and Porn Challenged






There was once a judge who was asked to define pornography. His irate answer was "Don't ask me to define it. I know it when I see it!"

There used to be some common sense in giving legal armour to common sense and decency. A case in Texas has a district attorney in a quandary. He wants to prosecute a man who forced his 7 and eight year old daughters to watch hard core pornography. A law passed in the 1970's seems to protect the (chromosomal) man's right to do so. Associated Press reports as follows.

"Randall County District Attorney James Farren has asked the Texas attorney general's office to review his decision not to pursue charges in the case, which has prompted at least one lawmaker to vow to change the state's public indecency law.

"Our hands are tied. It's not our fault. I have to follow the law," Farren said Thursday. "The mother of the victims in this case was less than happy with this decision, which I understand. We were less than happy with the statute."

The law apparently was meant to protect the privacy of parents who wanted to teach children about sex education, but it states clearly that parents can't be prosecuted for showing "harmful material" to their children.

Farren said police reported the incident to his office after one of the girls told a counselor in June that her father made them watch adults having group sex and various other acts at his home in Amarillo. The parents of the girls, and their 7-year-old sister, are divorced and share custody.

The girls' mother, Crystal Buckner, wants her ex-husband to be jailed. She said she was stunned to hear from prosecutors and police that nothing can be done."



It is apparent that District Attorney Farren badly wants to prosecute a man who was clearly abusing his daughters. Fortunately, the father of the girls, who sees them once a month must be supervised when his children come to visit. Hopefully, the law will be clarified. In most states, even a parent can't take his or her child to an X rated movie. Getting a kid drunk is considered contributing to the delinquency of a minor. But forcing a kid to watch porn is OK. Where is the common sense here?

The one positive thing that can be said in this whole unfortunate affair is that the State of Texas is at least trying to protect its children. In Massachusetts, a man named David Parker found out that gay marriage was being explained and lauded in his son's kindergarten class. He was repeatedly rebuffed when he asked to discuss the matter with the principal and to have his son excused from the "diversity" lessons. Eventually he was arrested and barred by court order from entering the school. The courts told him that his only recourse was to remove his kid from the school.

When I was a kid in Catholic school, there was one girl who was Episcopalian. Without a problem, she was excused from religion class and given art work or reading to do instead. The school did a good job of tolerating diversity.

Tolerance does not and should not mean approval. It should mean that you recognise the right of a person to differ. You do not have to love homosexuals to recognise that they have a right to live their lives without fear of violence or persecution. You can be totally convinced that someone is going to hell. It only becomes a problem when you want to send them there ahead of schedule.

I am not happy about the crazy laws in Texas. But at least the people there are trying to do as much as they can under law to protect and raise children properly. I seriously worry about Massachusetts and other places where "diversity" and "tolerance" are euphemisms for intolerance and aggressively promoting ideological conformity.

I was raised in Massachusetts, keenly aware that it was founded by the Puritans who sought religious freedom and denied it to others. "Puritanical" has become a disdainful adjective for being sexually inhibited. It seems that the hedonism of our day can be every bit as intolerant as the "puritanism' of yesteryear. What better place for this irony to play out than in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Life sure is strange.

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