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Supreme Court Decision Draws a 'Virtual' Divide

April 19, 2002

The irony of democracy is that it's strongest when it's being questioned ("Ban on 'Virtual' Child Porn Is Upset by Court," April 17). Like a fire clearing out old brush and enabling new, stronger plants to grow, this is when our system stretches and grows for all our benefit. Far from being disloyalty, as the insecure Bush regime would have us believe, this is our lifeblood.

It's encouraging to see true back-and-forth political dialogue lately and, most refreshingly, the Supreme Court decision in which a clear-cut majority took a stand against censorship.

Mark Diniakos

Thousand Oaks

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I am outraged that the Supreme Court has sided with those who promote and profit from child pornography under the guise of protecting free speech. Congress, voted in by the people, passed an anti-child-pornography law. However, the court has decided to override the will of the people.

It considers the "rights" of child pornographers to be worth protecting while at the same time it refuses to take a stand for the protection of our children. The time has come for the court to stop legislating from the bench.

Thomas Collier

West Covina

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