by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/04/2011
Martinsburg, WV – Are you okay with child pornography? I didn’t think so. Most Americans find the thought disconcerting and want to see kids protected to the fullest extent of the law from such criminal behavior. To this end I want to ask you to take action today to help legislation pass that will further protect my kids, your kids, and all kids from the violence and harms of child pornography.
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is helping our friends at Morality in Media to rally support for a bill authored by Sen. Orrin Hatch that would give authorities greater ability to seize evidence in order to prosecute child pornography offenders.
The bill, S 1308, “Protecting Children from Child Pornographers Act of 2011” is designed to require search engines like Google and Bing to cooperate with authorities and turn over search records dealing corresponding to child pornography. Such legislation could prove vital in aiding law enforcement as they seek to prosecute and stop child predators and those seeking to exploit children.
I spoke with Morality in Media Executive Director Dawn Hawkins about S 1308 and why a bill like this is needed. Hawkins explained that S 1308 would “make it a crime if there is any financial transaction related to child pornography.” She said that even if a transaction was merely started and never completed a person could be charged with a federal offense related to child pornography.
Hawkins said that S 1308 would allow authorities to subpoena search records from companies like Google and Bing in order to secure evidence of child pornography crimes. And, before you get nervous about civil rights violations and privacy issues, Hawkins made it clear that search records can only be subpoenaed “if there is probable cause of illegal activity, and only search records related to child pornography can be secured, not general search records.”
When I asked how the search engines like Google and Bing were reacting to this S 1308 I was pleasantly surprised to hear Hawkins say that based on everything she has read to this point “they are supporting the bill and happy to help.” It’s good to know that money doesn’t trump morals in this case.
I think it’s easy to agree that our kids need protected. Predators have a far greater advantage through the Internet, social networks, and technology. Legislation like this will help ensure our kids are shielded from those that would seek to exploit them and do them harm. I don’t’ know about you, but I would rather take action now rather than look back and wish I would have acted.
So here’s how you can help. We are asking you to contact our members of Congress and urge them to support this bill. You will find all of their contact information below so you won’t even have to look for it. You will also find an online form provided at the bottom of this page already filled out. You simply need to insert your information and click send. it couldn’t be easier to take a stand and help protect kids. Please, take a moment and make sure members of Congress from West Virginia know just how much we care about our kids. Then, after you do that, take just one more minute and pass this on to someone else and urge them to take action as well.
Thank-you, for your support in protecting our children. (Note: Each Representative’s website has an option to “Email me” that allows you to send an email with one simple click.)
Sen. Jay Rockefeller
531 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-4802
Phone: (202) 224-6472
Fax: (202) 224-7665
Sen. Joe Manchin
303 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-4801
Phone: (202) 224-3954
Fax: (202) 228-0002
Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito
2443 Rayburn House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4802
Phone: (202) 225-2711
Fax: (202) 225-7856
Rep. David McKinley
313 Cannon House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4801
Phone: (202) 225-4172
Fax: (202) 225-7564
Rep. Nick Rahall
2307 Rayburn House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-4803
Phone: (202) 225-3452
Fax: (202) 225-9061
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.