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The Communication Decency ActThe Fight For Freedom of Speech on the Internet The Communication Decency Act is a bill which has insulted our right asAmericancitizens It a bill which SHOULD not pass Ill share with you how Internet users arereacting to this bill and why they say it is unconstitutional Some individuals disagree with one part of the bill According tohttpthomaslocgovcgi-bin queryzc104s652enr which has the CommunicationsDecency Act on-line for public viewing Whoever uses an Internet service to send toaperson or persons under 18 years of ageany comment request suggestion proposalimageor anything offensive as measured by contemporary community standardssexual or excretory activities or organsshall be fined 250000 if the personsisareunder 18 imprisoned not more than two yearsor both The wording of that section seems sensible However if this one littleparagraph isapproved many sites such as the Venus de Milo site located athttpwwwparisorgMuseesLouvreTreasuresgifsvenusdemilogif the Sistine Chapelat httpwwwoirucfeduwmpaintauthmichelangelomichelangelocreation andMichelangelos David httpfileroomaaupuiceduFileRoomimagesimage201gifcould not be accessed and used by anybody under the age of 18 These works of art andmany other museum pictures would not be available The bill says these sites showindecent pictures The next part of the CDA has everybody in a big legal fit Weconcerned Internetusers took the writers of this bill to court and we won This part of the bill states Whoevermakes creates orsolicitsanycomment request suggestion proposal image or other communicationwhich is obscene lewd lascivious filthy or indecentwith intent to annoy abusethreaten or harass another personby means of an Internet pageshall befined250000 under title 18imprisoned not more than two yearsor both The writer of that paragraph of the bill forgot something It violatestheconstitution The First Amendment states Congress shall make no lawprohibitingorabridging the freedom of speechthe right of the people peaceably to assembleandtopetition the Government This bill does exactly that It says we cannot express our feelingscleanly Iunderstand that what may be of interest to me may be offensive to others Many peopleput up warning signs on their websites stating This site
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