Volume 93, Issue 37

Thursday, November 4, 1999


OPINIONS

Research story not legitimate

True hero in the sun is not Rose

What about porno in the Holy Bible?

Fighting for respect

Asking for $10 is $10 too much

Library of politicians

Religion conquers love

What about porno in the Holy Bible?



Re: "Freedom won't cover library porn" Oct. 28

To the Editor:

Why is it that arguments concerning pornography always seem to end up discussing children, filters and bestiality?

At the outset, this whole "to filter or not to filter" debate lies atop a very slippery slope. Indeed, what qualifies as pornography and what does not is all a matter of taste and personal preference, often reflecting the biases and hidden political agendas of those who would regulate and label what others can view.

Is a gay teen resource page to be considered pornographic? What about the Kama Sutra? What about the Malleus Maleficarum? And on the larger issue of censorship as a whole, why not censor abortion or atheism resources, surely those must annoy a good deal of taxpayers?

And while we're on the slippery slope, let's slide to the bottom and censor the Bible while we're at it. Surely we wouldn't want children reading passages like, "There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled" (Ezekiel 23:20-21, New International Version).

And in any event, if your daughter is logging on to Yahoo! and searching for bestiality and BDSM, instead of looking to blame society and "taxpayers" you should evaluate your own role as parent and see where, perhaps, you are lacking in educating your children about responsible online behaviour.

Indeed, my reference to bestiality and BDSM as an example was done intentionally to touch on a point raised by the original author of the "Freedom won't cover library porn" letter: "If you wonder what material I am talking about, just go to Yahoo! and search for BDSM and bestiality. Ask yourself if you want your daughter or her next boyfriend looking at this in the library.

To re-iterate, searching for online pornography is a positive act – you don't just log on to the internet and have nude vixens begin dancing on your desktop. The very nature of the word "search" implies some conscious act – it implies that pornography is something which has to be found.

Further, the mention of activities such as bestiality is often a ploy used by filtering advocates (and anti-porn advocates as a whole) to affect our passions more than our faculties of reasoning. Since, as most people either know or suspect, bestiality is illegal in practically all of the modern world, inter alia. So where do we go from here?

Not too far it would seem. Perhaps to our favourite, local, coffee-serving library.

Prof. Emir A. Mohammed, LLM
BA '97



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