What goes around...
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 98 17:04:07 -0700
Subject: What goes around...
Forwarded-by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Guy Harris)
The June 11 issue of The New York Times has, in its "Circuits" section, an
article titled "Christian Group Feels Net Filter's Wrath":
Concerned that children have easy access to pornography and other
inappropriate material on the Internet, the American Family Association,
a conservative, Christian group, has been a vocal supporter of filtering
products, software meant to cordon off the nastier corners of cyberspace
from users, especially young children.
So it was with some surprise that officials at the group recently
discovered that their association's own Web pages were being lumped
together with skinhead, white supremacist and other "intolerant" sites
blocked by a popular filter called Cyber Patrol.
The American Family Association Web site ran into trouble with Cyber
Patrol because researchers at the company decided that it met the filter's
definition of intolerance, which includes discrimination based on sexual
orientation. Typical of the passages Cyber Patrol found offensive,
according to Casey M. Smith, Jr., executive assistant at the American
Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., was the following: "Every time
our young people hear about a 'gay' pride or 'coming out' celebration, they
become less sensitive to the perversity of homosexuality and more likely
to experiment with it."
© 1998 Peter Langston