WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games to children.
The high court agreed Monday with a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento said the law violated minors' rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments.Why is it that environmental pollution is regulated to the hilt, but cultural pollution is a Constitutional right?
The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.
The court on a 7-2 vote said the law was unconstitutional.
I'm a strong advocate of freedom of speech, but selling children Grand Theft Auto isn't speech, it's an assault on the child's psyche. If a parent wants his child to play the game, he can buy the kid the game. The kid shouldn't be allowed to buy it. We have all kinds of appropriate regulations on what can be sold to children-- cigarettes, alcohol, etc. Why can't we ban glorification of murder and rape?
Speech protected by the Constitution is speech that expresses an opinion (politics, religion, commerce, etc). "I wanna shoot the f*ck*ng b*tch" isn't an opinion, and shouldn't be sold to children.
The irony is this: the sale of a video game glorifing rape and murder is protected by the Constitution, but a prayer thanking God at a high school graduation is prohibited by a federal judge as a violation of the Constitution.
Can you think of a better example of 'satanic'?