Shut Down MAM sign now

The web site Mothers Against Maddox (MAM) {http://MothersAgainstMaddox.cjb.net} is attempting to shut down a web site devoted to scathing satire and no-holds-barred social criticism. While it must be admitted that this means of social commentary may not be for everyone, it is far from the public enemy MAM makes it out to be.

The MAM campaign to shut down the private website of Maddox {http://www.maddox.xmission.com/} is hypocritical and irresponsible behavior for a member of the Internet community. MAM claims Maddox's website "HARMS children," and yet comes forth with nothing but the author's offended sense of decency to incriminate Maddox. By espousing their "censor those who disagree" attitude, MAM is acting irresponsibly and attempting to teach youth that it is alright to censor someone as long as they offend you.

I want to shut down MAM, as it represents a force working against the 1st Amendment and everything freedom of speech stands for. I hold that no one forces anyone to read Maddox's website, and thus those reading it have no one to blame but themselves for being offended; there are more productive ways to shelter children from material viewed by their parents as objectionable (aside from the fact that sheltering is the wrong approach to begin with, but that's another issue). MAM is a step in the wrong direction, and it must be stopped before it's destructive attitude creates a precident too Orwellian to comprehend.

Teach tolerance, not censorship. Encourange parents to earn the title; teach children the capacity for critical thinking and weighing moral statements, not a picture of morality in black and white. Shut down MAM and send a message to parents who take the easy way out instead of doing a little parenting now and then.

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