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Fox News: Censoring the Internet

Reported by Judy - April 13, 2006

Fox NewsThursday (April 13, 2006) let a Christian activist promote the idea that a corporation should censor and gag those who use its facilities because she doesn't like the ideas being discussed.

Stacy Harp, who was identified on the screen as a "family therapist" but is also a "Christian blogger," appeared on "Dayside" to complain about Google allowing its search engine to include sites dealing with sex among men and boys, as well as other topics.

"Google is a corporation. They have the power to remove these blogs," said Harp, who said she complained to Google about the sites. Maybe they do from such an ability from a technical standpoint, but should they exercise it?

Cohost Mike Jerrick pointed out that people don't have to go to those sites, but failed to press the point that there is a difference between talking about an activity that is illegal and actually carrying out an illegal activity.

If Google decides not to allow blogs about topics Harp doesn't like, can I get them to shut down blogs I don't like, that offend me or offend somebody else? Do we really want somebody at Google to pick and choose which topics will be allowed to be discussed on blogs?

People like Stacy Harp are so confident that everybody agrees with them that they are willing to discard rights such as free expression because they can't imagine that what they want to say would ever be deemed unpopular enough to be disallowed. Free expression (and we're not talking about behavior, but expression) is not subject to a popularity test in this country. It's constitutionally protected. It's worked for a couple hundred years, but there's no guarantee that it will be around in the future if people like Harp have her way.

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