No idea who that person is (link came from someone else on my flist), but the link includes a letter from the LJ Abuse team explaining why their community was shut down. Basically, it appears a group of net-vigilantes ("Warriors for Innocence
"), unable to distinguish between pedophilia and child molestation, contacted LJ with a list of journals they found objectionable and LJ's lawyers overreacted: "Because LiveJournal's interests list serves as a search function, and because listing an interest enables other people also interested in a similar topic to gather and/or congregate, we have been advised that listing an interest in an illegal activity must be viewed as using LiveJournal to solicit that illegal activity." Unfortunately, though it seems ridiculous, we must assume that LJ's lawyers are reasonably competent and that this is actually, if not the correct interpretation of the law, at least close enough to legitimate that the resulting court case would be too nasty for Six Apart to handle.
None of this really surprises me. For at least as long as we've been alive, there's been a concerted effort to redefine "freedom" by the Christian right. Freedom, when Pat Robertson or the late, unlamented Jerry Falwell uses the word (and I guarantee you, most, if not all, of the "Warriors of Innocence" are followers of that ilk), means the "freedom" of the soul from Satan, which can only come through doing, speaking, and thinking exactly as the Beloved Leader commands.
Over 100 members of Congress vote the way Focus on the Family would prefer 80% of the time or more. The good news? Only 7% of the general population actually agree with them (all figures are from Chris Hedges' excellent and disturbing American Fascists
, written before the 2006 election, so they may no longer be accurate). The bad news? Those 7% are the only people in the country not sitting on their asses, so they get to make all the decisions.
The partition of sexual criminals is a slightly more complex issue. Pedophilia and child molestation share much the same relationship as depression and suicide. A pedophile will not necessarily assault children, but once they have done so, they are virtually certain to try again. Certain types of rape also have very high recidivism rates. There is something to be said for isolating sexual criminals and children from one another, though personally I would do it the way the Victorians did -- isolate children from society.
However, our whole system of justice is screwed up, precisely because it is a system of justice
(which implies retribution and punishment), rather than a system of deterrence and rehabilitation. I honestly don't know where the best place to begin is; the post-release treatment of sex offenders might be it, but it might not.
I'm not ready to write off our society yet. We outnumber them. We're smarter than they are. We're right
. The only things they have going for them are superior organization and a head start. As soon as I figure out how
to fight them, I intend to come out (hopefully metaphorical) guns blazing. Unfortunately, I just don't have the skillset to be a political organizer, so I have to wait for someone else to start it.