LA/Backlash Release on "Violent" Porn Ban
- NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
In Association with Backlash
Release Date: Tuesday 6th October 2007
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance Director), 07956 472 199,
Deborah Hyde (Backlash) 07960 171 951, info@...
Derek Cohen (Backlash) 07970 988 425
For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr056.htm
LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE JOINS DENUNCIATION OF WAR ON "VIOLENT" PORNOGRAPHY
With the full support of the Libertarian Alliance, Backlash's Deborah
Hyde will argue tonight that anti-porn laws ignore the evidence about the
use and impact of pornography, infantilise women and bring legal systems
As part of the debate at Trinity College Law Society in Dublin, Ms Hyde
will criticise the British Government's new Criminal Justice and
Immigration Bill. This seeks to criminalise the possession of so-called
and vaguely defined "extreme pornography".
She will say:
"When a government says there is no evidence a new law is needed, when
there is no evidence of harm and when the purpose of the law is to tell
MPs its OK to impose their own personal morality on the population, we
need to be worried,"
She will add that the main proponents of current proposals use incendiary
language and unproven, anecdotal evidence to try to justify the law. This
language also denigrates law-abiding citizens who are harming no-one,
limits their freedom and stigmatises their sexuality - all despite there
being no evidence of harm to others.
Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, says:
"It is no business of the authorities in a free country to police the
imagination. If these proposals become law, they will be another weapon
in the arsenal of the police state built up in this country since 1979.
We stand wholeheartedly with Deborah Hyde and everyone in Backlash to
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
* That what consenting adults do with each other on their own property is
their own business;
* That if these consenting adults wish to publish any of this to other
consenting adults, that also is their own business;
* That there should be no laws against the possession of any text or
image, such laws being against the historic Constitution of England and
being an excuse for an already corrupt police force to fabricate evidence;
* That the one legitimate function of the criminal justice system is to
protect life and property.
END OF STATEMENT
Note(s) to Editors
Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His new book,
Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How
to Get It Back, is published on the 25th July 2007 and may be downloaded
for free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. His other books are available
from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.
He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at
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