Civil liberties thrown out with the (child porn-laden) bathwater

-MJR

A West Virginia coal activist hoped that she would be able to improve the environmental conditions for her neighbors by attending a house committee meeting in Washington, D.C. to present the story of her community. Instead, she was accused of attempting to show pornographic pictures of children. (Source)

The water on Maria Gunnoe’s property is not potable. Because of her community’s proximity to a coal-mining source, the water has been contaminated by the coal industry’s retrieval process.  To illustrate this point, Gunnoe wanted to present a series of photos, one of which included a toddler taking a bath in a pool of orange-colored water.  The politicians present decided it was inappropriate and would not allow her to make her presentation, as the child was naked. Police pulled her aside and apparently questioned her about child pornography.

You can view the photo here. Is this really what passes for child porn these days? A photo of a toddler taking a bath? The most disturbing aspect of this photo is the water she’s bathing in, not that she’s unclothed.

The War on Child Porn has gone so overboard that even the most innocent of photos — whose mom doesn’t have a photo like that of them lying around? — is considered “child porn.” Anyone who calls that photo child porn is either just trying to underhandedly shut down Gunnoe’s speech, or they’re sick fucks who fap to kids themselves — or both.

As noted in a previous post, a man was arrested and convicted for creating and possessing child porn for cutting out photos of girls and taping them to adult female bodies. Clearly, not really a picture of a minor. Teenagers are accused of child porn for taking photos of themselves on their cell phones and texting it to other teens they are dating or flirting with. Neither of these examples is exactly innocent by any standard, but certainly don’t rise to the level of actual molestation and exploitation of a minor. Yet anytime a child is involved in any form and someone doesn’t like it, someone cries “child porn.”

The “War on Child Pornography” is as much of a threat to our civil liberties as the war on drugs has been. No one wants to speak up about it, lest they be accused of supporting or being into child porn. Hopefully supporters of Gunnoe won’t shrink away and join the cries, and her community will finally get clean water.

16 Responses to Civil liberties thrown out with the (child porn-laden) bathwater

  1. Looks like they took the photo down at the request of the family, who were no doubt terrified of a knock on the door by C.P.S. or the West Virginia equivalent.

    • Ancel De Lambert says:

      I am so sad that parents are made to be more afraid of law enforcement and their child’s future reputation than her physical health in the presence of horrible chemical filth. I feel for her parents, this is no easy choice, and probably no right choice as far as this one child is concerned.

  2. evrenseven says:

    The coal industry would never let anything happen to their golden egg laying geese.

  3. Missed this part: “Republican members of the panel had suggested that she be questioned about child pornography.” The party of fear.

    • Ghost says:

      You do realize that’s an accurate description for both major political parties, right? Paul Ryan wants to drown grandma in a lake, Obama is a Muslim terrorist, Republicans want a theocracy, Democrats want communism!!

      They’re both the party of fear, and they’re both destroying the country.

  4. Larry Sutter says:

    When I clicked on the (source) link a message came up saying that the photo had been blocked by the family. But I can’t believe the exhibition of the child’s body was “lascivious” under any definition, and if it’s not lascivious it’s not child porn. But as the litigators say, “when the law and the facts are both against you, piss on the table.”

  5. just_wow says:

    Didn’t this break like a month+ ago? or is there some update to the story?

  6. Ghost says:

    No, no, this is good. Obviously, if they have the time to focus on this type of “child pornography,” then surely they must have stopped all the other hideous actual child porn, right?

    This is shameful. I’ve got 5 children, and hell, half the time as toddlers, you’re fighting to keep their clothes ON. Anyone who looks at a child bathing and thinks “PORN!!!”, well, I’d have to agree with you that they probably spank it to pictures of bathing children.

  7. [...] Randazza describes what happened to West Virginia activist Maria Gunnoe: A West Virginia coal activist hoped that she would be able to improve the environmental conditions [...]

  8. Cephas Australoscepticus says:

    At least the politicians are being consistent.

    Terrible depiction of polluted water = kiddie porn.
    17-year-old smoking a joint = drug terrorist

    I’m sure you can add to the list!

    On the flipside:
    45-year-old celebrity caught off their tits on coke = emotional breakdown
    Revered political rep caught drunk driving = pressures of the job
    …etc.

  9. alpha4centauri says:

    Nothing on the internet ever really disappears:
    http://bop.nppa.org/2010/still_photography/winners/?cat=EPS&place=HM3&item=211753

  10. Tom says:

    if that is child porn, does that make the album art of Nirvana child porn, if that is so i may be in trouble LOL

  11. In the UK, there have been incidents (in the analog photo age) where people putting films into chemist’s shops and processing shops found the police knocking on their doors, after the shops developed the images and found pictures of Daddy bathing his 6 year old daughter. The reflexive assumption of “OMG it’s child porn!” predates the Internet.

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