Columbia — The Republican Party officially hates the United States Constitution.
Out of the thousands of unconstitutional bills being floated around by the Republican Party both in Congress and in the States, a proposal in this state to outlaw the accessing of online pornography is among the worst of the proposals.
Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, is the chief sponsor of the so-called “Human Trafficking Prevention Act”. He wants to require all MacBooks and other computers, Windows 10 phones and other smartphones, and all smart televisions sold to residents of the state to have web filters like Barracuda installed before the sale of the computer, smart TV or smartphone to an S.C. resident is final.
The bill would fine manufacturers or sellers that sell a device without a digital blocking system installed. Buyers would be arrested if they receive a computer, phone or smart TV without the digital blocking system installed. Any manufacturer or seller that didn’t want to install the system could pay a $20 opt-out fee for each device sold.
Any buyers who want the filter lifted after purchasing a computer, smartphone or smart TV would have to pay a $20 fee, after verifying they are 18 or older.
“If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed,” Chumley said.
The bill also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities sex work and would require manufacturers, sellers and buyers to block any websites that engage in consensual sex work, Chumley said.
Web pages such as eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and Spencers would all be permanently blocked and inaccessible by South Carolina residents should this bill become law, regardless of what manufacturers, sellers or buyers do.
What that means is that this blatantly political “Human Trafficking Prevention Act” bill is undoubtedly unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment, no matter what cause Chumley or anyone else believes to be noble. I hope the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Speech Coalition are paying attention to this action by the South Carolina Republican Party, a state political party that has a notorious history of violating our Constitution.
Contact the state House here, and state Senators here, and tell them to kill this bill!
Contact Chumley here and demand he drops the bill!
UPDATE Tuesday @ 1:43: It gets worse. According to OnMSFT, any smartphone or smart television sold to a resident of the state must have the web filtering software installed as well before the purchase can proceed. This post has been updated to reflect this new information. You know what to do, readers.