The British government has announced plans to ban the downloading and possession of violent sexual images over the internet, the first such ban proposed by any Western country.
Free-speech groups immediately objected, calling the plans censorship and arguing there is no proven link between violent imagery and violent behavior.
"The idea that you can prevent violent action by banning such images is nonsense," said Chris Evans of the pressure group Internet Freedom.
Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said the government felt a duty to prevent cases such as the murder of Jane Longhurst, a 31-year-old teacher strangled by a friend obsessed with violent online pornography.
I feel for Ms. Longhurst, but following the British government logic would mean banning war movies because they might incite wars.
Who's standards deem it too violent? Who's standards deem it porn? Who is the almighty one drawing the line between what is right and what is wrong?
Too bad the Brits don't have a constitution with a binding First Amendment.