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Utah Gov Wants to Require Porno Blockers on All Electronic Devices Sold in the State

Even as fervent men of God our founding fathers made one thing abundantly clear, do not mix religion and politics. Because of their strong beliefs, it only stands to reason how their Christian values could not help but play a major role in the writing of the Constitution, but this is a far as it went. As long as they followed the rulebook, newcomers to the land of the free could worship sea turtles if they so desired.

It’s been a long time since our forefathers huddled together under kerosene lamps and scribed America’s list of ‘do’s and dont’s.’ And it appears to have been a long time since some of America’s current politicians have read its words if they ever have. Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah needs to blow the dust off of his copy and give it a ‘look-see.’

Is there such a thing as being too overly-conservative? In the case of this Republican, yeah, probably. But Cox doesn’t deserve all of the criticism for what he’s trying to do. He’s merely trying to appease the majority of voters in his home state of Utah. The people who pay him. And those people, largely due to their religious convictions as Mormons, are opposed to pornography in every form.

Thanks to the Governor bending to the citizen’s whims, Utah is but one step closer to banning all pornography from entering their state. Cox introduced legislation that would require permanent pornography filters to be pre-installed on all new cellphones and tablets for retail sale in the state. Critics standing on either side of the political fence aren’t having it. They say it’s a massive breach of free speech.

Cox claims the measure is sending an “important message” to parents about their kids accessing smut and filth online. They should be monitoring the children’s online activity more closely, and if they won’t, he and the voters he caters to will do it themselves.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah made its appearance on the scene by saying the measure is bound to be argued in court. They said Cox must not have considered the bill’s lack of constitutionality. Pornography is not illegal. While the ACLU is usually batting for the wrong side, they’re playing for both teams this game.

“This is another example of the Legislature dodging the constitutional impacts of the legislation they pass,” said ACLU attorney Jason Groth. Also jumping into the picture was adult film star Cherie DeVille who warned Cox that the measure would violate First Amendment Rights. She called on him to veto the proposal but her words fell on deaf ears.

Cox said he isn’t too worried about any of this rigamarole right now because it would take some time for a measure like this to become law anyway. He’s more of a day at a time kind of guy. His supporters, once again largely consisting of Mormons, feel it is their duty to prevent pornography from falling into anyone’s hands, and kids are a good and viable excuse.

It’s irrelevant whether or not a person agrees with the distribution of pornography. The issue is with one group of people attempting to interfere with the legal rights of another group of people to do as they are constitutionally entitled to do. The fact of this being done on religious premises only compounds the matter.

This cannot be considered a left/right concern since Governor Cox is being criticized from every angle imaginable. It’s a clear case of attempting to overstep authoritative bounds and it’s a slap in the face to our founding fathers who all agreed, if it’s not hurting anybody why is it your concern? Their viewpoint was as conservative as it gets. Cox’s viewpoint is religious. They said don’t do that…