QUICK NOTE – Sexting

It’s Not OK

PENNSYLVANIA – Three teenage girls were charged with peddling child porn when they were caught sending semi-nude pictures of themselves via their cell phones. The ACLU, defender of America, filed suit stating that it was “unconstitutional.” They didn’t say what ‘it’ was. They don’t have to anymore. They just show up and say ‘it’s’ unconstitutional, and most recipients of this threat simply cave. They did note that a successful charge could land the girls on the sex-offender data base for 10 years.

Here is a quote from Witold Walczak, legal director for the ACLU in Pennsylvania,

“That’s a heck of a lesson for a kid who probably doesn’t even realize she is doing something wrong,” he said.

Do tell. But if a kid doesn’t know that emailing naked pictures around is wrong, isn’t some kind of lesson in order?

This Just In

National ACLU chapter sues Pennsylvania chapter director Witold Walcsak for commenting that something was “wrong.”

“Saying something is wrong is a clear reference to a moral code, which is a naked attempt to invoke religion which is unconstitutional.”

It is nice to know our Constitution is so well defended.


10 responses to “QUICK NOTE – Sexting

  1. so is it wrong to say something is wrong?

    sweet irony!


  2. Is the Constitution our moral code, or is at an amoral code?

    Are there not value judgments in the Constitution (ie: some things are desirable/legal and others are undesirable/unlawful), if so what are they based on?

    If value judgments are not a kind of morality (aka distinction of good and bad) then what are they?


  3. My stratospheric journalistic integrity standards require that I point out the “This Just In” part of my post is satire. All of the preceding part is true, including that guy’s name and the quote about how the girls don’t know sending semi-nude pictures around is wrong. They are all underage, hence the child porn thing.

    Having said that, your comment is still valid and poignant.

    So, what happens if one of those girls sends their picture to say, one of Leon’s friends, and he sends it to me and I send it to you as “Look at these idiots!” Am I distributing child porn? Well, yes. In fact, I am. But, don’t judge me.


    • what determines the odd little face alongside my post?


      • It’s the setting I have for comment avatars. I think I can just change the setting, and it will either have a gray box, or your avatar of choice… Change you can believe in regarding the Free Choice of your avatar. I have been assimilated


    • You really got me with “this just in”… its like reading the Onion – sometimes the Onion is more true than the truth!

      OK, just kidding, but I’ll bet you know what I mean


    • Now you’ve really got me thinking about “stories” and truth. By stories, I don’t mean historical retelling, even with some sincere speculation of thoughts or motives. By stories in this context, I mean fiction as a way to speak to, or illuminate truth – does parable fit in here? The idea that the story doesn’t have to be true, but what the story speaks to is true.

      There is an easy road to sentimentalism in this business of stories, and even worse: sophistry. I don’t imply that stories shape the truth; I submit that what is actually true stands above and independent of things stories speak to. I suppose stories use metaphor and/or allegory to make a point about truth.

      If all this is accurate then this is a paradox: stories might illustrate the truth (aka reality), but the stories themselves are not trustworthy. Who thinks of stories that way?


  4. JRR Tolkien thought about stories that way. In fact, in his discussions with CS Lewis, he used the point that the original meaning of the word “myth” meant truth. His point was that we use myth to point out truth. Looking at Aesop’s fables, no no one should believe there were actual foxes talking about actual sour grapes, but a truth is illustrated in that story.

    Tolkien points out that we have all our man-made myths, and then we have the actual God made myth – written in actual human history instead of books or clay tablets. As soon as someone that witnessed something tells it to someone else, you enter the realm of story. It’s all we have, in a sense. I commented in my last Cigar Notes that I was thinking about how all we have to pursue objective truth with is our subjective perception. Stories are the bridge.


  5. So if I recognize truth (meaning, “what is true”, not “what I want” or “what works”), I have a serious responsibility to the truth in the stories I tell (or retell). If I don’t acknowledge that there is truth, none of my stories matter because one thing is as good as another.

    Is there a third way?

    This seems important to me regarding those who are looking for something, even if they don’t know what that is that they seek. What is a compelling story that comes from sources that don’t acknowledge truth?


  6. I don’t know, but I do know this – based on the volume of comments on this post, sex sells.


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