The empire continues to uphold the sanctity of cruelty.
Another wrong decision by our courts:
US Supreme court rejects California ban on violent video games
As a parent, I'm astounded by this assertion:
Speaking at the Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Antonin Scalia said: "Our cases hold that minors are entitled to a significant degree of First Amendment protection. Government has no free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which they may be exposed."
Um, Scalia, yes we do!
And in fact we do it all the time. We restrict what books they can read in schools, we restrict access to pornography, sex, nudity of any kind, we restrict what kind of religious and patriotic messages they are exposed to in public schools, we also restrict them from being exposed to their own parents religious beliefs in medical settings (think Jehovah's Witnesses or Christian Scientists who want to refuse treatments).
The government has a responsibility to restrict access by powerful commecial interests to the most vulnerable members of society - our underage children, who are by definition not capable of deciding for themselves. There is nothing sacrosanct about being able to provide messages of violence, cruelty, and horror to children. Showing a woman's boobs or a man's dick on TV is worse than, for instance, showing a graphic depiction of a woman getting beaten and raped in a video game? In what universe?
Value judgments such as this are made all the time. In this case, Scalia and other courts are siding with the values of profit making corporations, not the values of parents. Thus the empire continues to indoctrinate our young that violence is OK, wars and hostility are normal, and cruelty is standard operating procedure.
P.S. Just one more thing - why isn't this up to the states? How does this even get to the US Supreme Court? Shouldn't the California Supreme court be as far as this one goes?
Update: Ah, the Roberts court. I love the smell of judicial activism in the morning.