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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20 2013 4:55 p.m. MST

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Contrariusier
mid-state, TN

@USAlover --

"This is about CHILDREN!"

Compare with FISA and the Patriot Act. That legislation was supposed to be all about our safety -- yet now we have the NSA secretly snooping into every crevice they can find.

Slippery slopes and unintended consequences are important issues to worry about.

Erika
Salem, Utah

Unwanted material is everywhere. I think it would be great to "opt-in" to certain things rather than have them poured on regardless of our ability or inability to steer clear. But more important than restricting expression is teaching children when they are young about uplifting, beautiful, amazing things in the world while acknowledging the ugly and obscene. I don't have an umbrella big enough to keep the torrent of disgusting content away from my family, but I can teach them what I value, help them recognize what makes them happy, and help steer them through when they encounter things contrary to values they have helped identify as important.

None of us gets through life unscathed. We might as well be prepared. I don't know what the ramifications of "opt-in" only are, but I don't want to see censorship cut into things I think are important or valuable because we stepped onto a slippery slope and handed control to government. I KNOW the government doesn't share my values.

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