The so called "Communications Decency Act" has generated a lot of interest among the online community. While most people online appear to be dead set against the CDA, we thought that it would be interesting to look at just who is supporting the CDA.

Who supports the CDA?

Here are some organizations and people who have put their names on briefs filed in support of the CDA:
  • Amici Curiae brief from Enough is Enough and Other Pro-CDA Groups
  • Amici Curiae brief from pro-CDA Members of Congress
    • Senators: Dan Coats, James Exon, Jesse Helms, Charles Grassley, Christopher Bond, James Inhofe, Rick Santorum, Rod Gramms
    • Representatives: Henry Hyde, Bob Goodlatte, Jim Sensenbrenner, Steve Schiff, Chris Smith, Duncan Hunter, Roscoe Bartlett, Walter Jones, Sherwood Boehlert, Mark Souder, Steve Largent, Jim Ryun, Tony Hall, Dave Weldon,
    • As Amici CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANTS Cathleen A. Cleaver, Bruce A. Taylor Co-Counsel For Amici Curiae: National Law Center, Family Research Council, 801 G Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001, 1-800-225-4008

  • Department of Justice brief, filed on Tuesday January 21
      Walter Dellinger, Frank W. Hunger, Edwin S. Kneedler, Irving L. Gornstein, Barbara L. Herwig and Jacob M. Lewis from Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001, (202) 514-2217

  • Comments about some of the groups listed in the Enough is Enough brief:

    CDA @yahoo

    pornography & prohibition

    Xxx : A Women's Right to Pornography - by Wendy McElroy
    Published by St Martins Press (1995) ISBN: 0312136269
    ... protecting pornography is essential to the future of feminism... based on interviews with successful female x-rated movie directors, prosperous x-rated movie actresses, and active members of Coyote, a sex-workers' advocacy group. Includes an historical background of the Feminist movement and the coalition around "anti-pornography" as a unifying theme. A Review

    The only work removed under Canada's new obscenity standard (which claims to outlaw the degradation of woman) is an erotic magazine made by and for women. --Feminists for Free Expression (FFE) - an organization of feminists founded in 1992 by Marcia Pally that works to preserve the individual's right to read, hear, view, and produce materials of her choice without the intervention of the state "for her own good." A Bibliography of Books relating to Feminism, Censorship and Pornography.

    ...Why, pray tell, did all-male legislatures ever criminalize "obscenity" in the first place? And why do all-male courts arbitrarily exclude it from constitutional protection? APM harpies, should they ever deal with people instead of their own fevered projections, would discover that porn is of no interest to the majority of post-pubescent males - not because they are politically correct, but just because it's obviously gross, sleazy, and above all, inferior to the real thing. --Feminism As Fascism - by Bob Black

    The support of national prohibition by the Federal Council of the Churches rests upon four fundamental considerations.

    • First. The belief that in dealing with gigantic social evils like disease or crime, individual liberty must be controlled in the interest of the public welfare.
    • Second. The belief that the liquor traffic is beyond question such an evil.
    • Third. The conviction that no plan less thoroughgoing than prohibition is sufficient to eradicate the evils of the liquor traffic.
    • Fourth. The evidence of history that other methods of attempting to control the traffic have failed and that prohibition, despite inadequacies of enforcement, is succeeding better than any other program.
    --The Federal Council of Churches - 1926

    The Prohibition Archives at Ohio State provide an interesting study of another movement supported by an eerily similar alliance of women's organizations and religious groups.

Prohibition @yahoo

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