Censorship is a variety of things from yelling fire in a crowded theater to showing sexual
intercourse on television. These things arenít all either, there are millions of things we use
or see every day that are censored for a reason. The reason can be many but the three
most important reasons are for an adult or childís wellbeing, for the decency of our society
and for privacy of each other. All of these things are censored because our lives are
influenced by these reasons in one way or another. This will tell you that with out
censorship we would live in a world so dirty and irresponsible so indecent and shameful
that it could not exist. We pretty much ignore the growth in violence and sexual abuse in
our movies and on television. Have they gone away? According to researchers at the
University of Pennsylvania, by the time an average child leaves high school, he or she will
have watched the happening of 18,000 murders on television. Prime time says the National
Coalition on Television Violence, is filled with degrading sexual material and incidents
^where violence is strongly glamorized or used to excite.^ There have been 85 major
studies of the effects of such violence on children. Eighty-four of the eighty- five
concluded that it caused an increase in all manner of aggressive behavior, up to and
including homicide. What happened to the one study that disagreed? Well, they were paid
off by the National Broadcasting Company that just shows how guilty they are of
producing violence from television. Another study shows that American children are
having sexual intercourse at an average age of 16. If the te! levision was not censored as
much as it is today these things would be much worse, our children would be sexual active
at very young ages and crime rates would shoot upward. A civilization does not rise in the
strength of it^s laws, however. It rises on the strength of its values. What values are we
teaching by not having censorship in our society? No its not freedom of speech and its not
freedom of the press. It is decency. What all civilized social orders, including our own,
have consistently identified as decent, civilized behavior. The real threat to the republic is
not what might happen to rights, but what is happening to a society grown dangerously
out of touch with its own standards and values. At the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in
California a 17 year old girl was raped while more than 50 people watched, is that what
our values should be? Social orders are established, governments are formed and laws are
passed for one reason and one reason only, to protect the people. Part of that task has to
do with protecting people against themselves, against the degrading and the uncivilized
influences that corrupt life and are every bit harmful as a blow to the head or a gun in the
rips.