Christians Back Lawsuit Against UK Government for Not Passing Online Porn Block January 28, 2020

Christians Back Lawsuit Against UK Government for Not Passing Online Porn Block

Last year, the UK government considered a bill that would’ve forced websites to check the ages of anyone seeking to view adult content online. It was widely derided. Not only would there be workarounds, the amount of personal data such a “block” would’ve gathered was both overly intrusive and more likely to stigmatize people based on their personal preferences.

That bill thankfully died last year.

Now a Christian organization is defending a lawsuit against Parliament for “failing to adequately protect children” from accessing online pornography. The Christian Action Research & Education (CARE) claims that their hand has been forced.

“It is tragic that it has come to this, but if it forces the government’s hand so age verification is finally introduced, then so be it,” James Mildred, communications manager for the Christian charity CARE, told Premier. “The U.K. had the opportunity to be the world leader by pioneering effective age checks technology, only for the government to give up.”

Much like with conservative Christians who push for abortion bans, this bill wouldn’t achieve what they want. What’s the end goal? To block kids from seeing sex? That’s never going to work, and certainly not with an internet age check.

While there are plenty of parents, Christian and otherwise, who may not want their children accessing adult content, it’s not like the Christians pushing for this kind of bill are eager to promote comprehensive sex education either. They’re not promoting contraception or consent.

Ignoring sex — or pretending like it doesn’t exist — isn’t going to stop kids from accessing (or doing) it. This lawsuit, like the legislation, shouldn’t be taken seriously.

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