Censorship in it’s purest definition makes sense to me, especially in regards to moral censorship.
“Moral censorship is the removal of materials that are obscene or otherwise considered morally questionable. Pornography, for example, is often censored under this rationale, especially child pornography, which is illegal and censored in most jurisdictions in the world.” – Wikipedia
As a parent, I censor things all the time, from music to television to magazines and books. I don’t want my children overly exposed to unnecessary sexual content, vulgar language, risky behavior or religious and political propaganda. I don’t want their character to be manipulated in a way that contradicts the core values DW and I are trying to teach. And I certainly don’t want them to engage in activities that might compromise their futures. I wish the media made better choices about how women are portrayed. It would be wonderful if more young musicians would produce albums encouraging monogamy and self-respect. And, yes, I wish there were more movies or television shows featuring story lines about healthy relationships and honorable behavior.
However, censorship for the majority is a scary and unthinkable situation. For instance, the idea of banning books, limiting internet content or regulating what the music industry can or can not produce just seems absurd. Why? Because the minute we start censoring things, where do you stop? And who gets to decide what is considered inappropriate? Whose values or world view is right? What defines art or creativity? And how much important history would be lost if one group over another got to decide what is considered truth?
It’s not a government or religious right to parent the majority. It’s a parent’s responsibility to parent their child.
I am a hypocrite, no doubt. I want my children to make wise choices, but choices based on the examples my husband and I have provided. But I also want them to have opportunities to make choices based on their own beliefs and desires outside of my opinions.
In order to do that, they need to be exposed to a multitude of perspectives and ideas as they get older, holding on to the ones they agree with, yet showing respect to those they do not. Ultimately, when they become adults, no one other than themselves, should determine their religion, sexual orientation, depth of creativity, or self-worth.