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Making Children Moral: Pornography, Parents and the Public Interest<sup>1</sup>

ROBERT P. GEORGE

in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267713
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.003.0011
Making Children Moral: Pornography, Parents and the Public Interest1

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The chapter challenges the belief that the legal prohibition or restriction of pornography constitutes a form of ‘censorship’ which is simply incompatible with a due regard for freedom of expression. A social milieu in which pornography circulates freely constitutes a genuine threat to the moral well-being of children, the chapter states. This imposes an intolerable burden on parents who take seriously their responsibility to inculcate in their children the virtues of modesty, chastity, and respect for self and others in matters of sexuality. The views defended in this chapter are not shared by most academics, and a familiar liberal response is to claim that people who do not share these views have the right to enjoy pornographic images if they care to do so—the immorality of their doing so notwithstanding.

Keywords: legal prohibition; pornography; censorship; freedom of expression; liberalism; immorality

Chapter.  5497 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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