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Policy on "Censorship"

Most of the discussion on government control of the Internet comes from a secular viewpoint on "pluralism", relative ethics, and the irrelevance of God to anything important -- i.e., public policy. The truth is that God owns the cosmos, and that we are all, whether on the Internet or not, responsible to Him for our actions.

The fact that people "disagree" with that is irrelevant.  The issue is whether that is true.  In just the same sense -- we need to decide whether any other source of moral standards is the true  source -- such as the constitution, or majority vote.  I.e. we need to decide what will be our ultimate loyalty.  

In any event, God is not locked out of the discussion merely by being God.  That is absurd.   As Alan Keyes reminds us, we do not have a "right" to do what is wrong. Such a right would be a self-contradiction.

We are in our quandary because we have lost the sense that God owns everything, and so all morality and obligation appears to us to flow from civil government. Thus all questions of morality appear to come down to whether a behavior ought to be coercively enforced --  i.e. enforced by coercive civil law rather than by moral law.  Moral law is the ultimate authority for all civil law, not vice versa.  Right makes might, not - Might makes right.  

Civil government does not define right and wrong. God does because only He can. So the issue before us is not whether the Internet ought to be governed, or whether moral issues apply there. They apply there just as they apply everywhere.

The question is whether things like pornography, which are wrong (and which are flooding the Internet with ugliness and evil), ought to be prevented under the moral law by coercive force or left to the moral law operating through public opinion and self-policing.   Those who think the influence of Internet porn is minimal, on either children or adults, do not know what they are talking about.

The Internet does not have any inherent right to be ungoverned any more than the "wild west" had such a right -- no matter how romantic it sounds. Evil is evil, and we are required to forbid evil and encourage good.  That is the meaning of any morality.  

People are hungry for freedom, but they do not know how to find it.  It cannot be found in a lawless world.  And the only law there is is God's law, i.e. all civil law is subject to the higher law of the cosmos, i.e. the law of God.  If there is no God, then there is no real law at all, and then we are not going to be free, we are going to be under the tyranny of the one with the biggest stick.  

There is no question in my mind that civil government will have to control  evil on the Internet. The question rather is whether we will be able to restore limited government under God so that the control will be fair, honest, and liberating -- and at the same time a scourge to evil and an encouragement to good. I do not believe that can be accomplished other than under the law and grace of God.  

There are several websites listed in the ROAD to EMMAUS INTERNET.SECURITY index dealing with these issues. Some of them invite responses. So get out and, in a graceful and educated manner, express your Godly opinion....

Also, there are websites which have info for parents who want to install software that filters your access so that unsavory sites are blocked, such as Surfwatch.  If you wish to install filtering software on your system, check this site out.  But filtering is only a temporary stop-gap measure.  Evil is still evil and needs to be shut down by whatever the proper means might be, not merely prevented from entering my living room.  

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Access will be blocked by our own software to websites, ftp sites, or telnet sites that are found to be unworthy, but this is an "after the fact" protection, with lots of loopholes.  We can block only those sites which the E. Fox detects as unworthy.  The E. Fox gets a daily list of sites visited.  

Anyone interested in further protection for their children or for themselves can visit the INTERNET.SECURITY index and/or visit the SurfWatch website. There you will get information about their software which will be more rigorous about blocking unsavory websites, which you can install on your computer.   For general information concerning Surfwatch, call 1-888-6SPYGLASS or email to info@surfwatch.com.  For sales/pricing inquires email to sales@surfwatch.com.

Earle Fox,

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