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The ACLU's Newest Spin On Their Porn for Schoolkids Campaign

By Jeremy Tedesco posted on:
October 17, 2017

The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit against Camdenton R-III School District in Missouri, seeking an injunction prohibiting the District from continuing to use a "sexuality" internet filter.  Alliance Defend Fund filed an amicus brief  in the case and in support of the District, demonstrating that disabling the "sexuality" filter will provide students access to myriad pornographic and sexually explicit websites.  This should come as no surprise, since the "sexuality" filter is designed to block access to websites "dedicated to sexuality, possibly including adult material."  And it also should come as no surprise that the ACLU is behind this effort, given its former president Nadine Strossen's questioning of whether pornography even harms kids.  (See page 12 of Strossen's comments during a debate at Susquehanna University).

Having had their "porn for schoolkids" initiative exposed, the ACLU's new spin on the Camdenton lawsuit is as follows: "The main argument we are saying in the brief is the school district, like almost every other school district in the country, should go to a reputable software provider who has policies to filter material in viewpoint neutral ways and knows the difference between a human rights campaign and a fetish website."

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the ACLU threatening litigation against school districts across the country based on their use of virtually every filtering product out there?  Indeed, the ACLU's website confirms that they have sent letters challenging school districts' use of filtering software provided by (at the very least) URL Blacklist (which is what Camdenton School District uses), Fortiguard, Blue Coat Systems, and M86 Security.  Our research has shown that each of the web filters the ACLU wants disabled, like the "sexuality" filter used by Camdenton School District, blocks access to pornographic and sexually explicit materials that children simply should not be able to access.

The ACLU's claim that they just want Camdenton to use different software is disingenuous at best, given their national campaign against virtually all available web filtering software.

I can't wait to see the ACLU's next rationalization for its "porn for schoolkids" campaign.


Jeremy Tedesco

Jeremy Tedesco

Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Jeremy Tedesco serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of communications for Alliance Defending Freedom.


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