The urgent need for image based, moral censorship of the net




'And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.'
Ephesians 4.11-12

The proliferation of extreme and violent games and pornography mandates the immediate censorship of the internet.

The abuse of internet filtering by totalitarian regimes doesn't justify the woeful abdication of supervisory control by those in authority.
Governments, national and regional have an absolute responsibility before God and to their citizens for the material accessed via servers on their territory. Western governments have failed to censor and regulate films, videos and games  properly in the past, to the profound wounding of the health
of their own citizens, but the absolute licence displayed on the internet is an outright and growing scandal.
In the Day of account, civil authorities, ISPs, Governments and hosting servers, will give an account for the appalling wickedness on display now - they would do well to remember the Saviour's deliberate but savage words before it is too late:

'But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.' Matt. 18.6-10

Unfettered liberty has become a sacred cow that must and should be slain now - before more immense moral damage is done.

This may be seen as opening the door to the curbing of unpopular and critical material, like much that is found in this site, but my call is for the monitoring, banning and filtering of sites that promote lewdity, gambling, and the sales of illict substances, not for the restriction of sites that express critical political or religious opinions, provided they do not fall foul of these provisions.

The issue does not just devolve to the protection of children and adolescents, though it most certainly does focus on them, but also encompasses the effects of the internet on people trafficking, gambling and money laundering.

There is not much common ground between Dr Mahathir and I, but I congratulate him for speaking the truth here, even if his own country would seek to extend the ban to areas that will weaken it considerably, and fail to expose its own appalling abuses of truth and conscience:

'The amount of filth coming out of the internet is terrible'

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An introductory but disappointingly neutral essay
The bleating of sheep before the slaughter