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NeoNotes — Vice

All right, it's going to be one of those discussions, isn't it?

Is a child more damaged by the presence of bars and liquor stores in the neighborhood? Undeniably a major source of domestic violence, right there in front of the children.

Gun stores, selling bullets and actual guns in the neighborhood. How many shootings were there last week? How many more until we wake up to the danger?

And then there's banking. Why, your own Book says that the love of money is the root of all evil. All those banks, offering people cheap credit cards, sub-prime loans on houses, and ATMs on every street corner. Obviously the very foundation of a Materialistic Socieity.

In all my time here, I've never made any secret that my views about nudity and sex obviously do not match the "societal norms."

Nor have I insisted that those norms be changed to accommodate me and my beliefs.

All I have insisted on is that people are free to make their own choices, but that means accepting responsibility for those choices.

When it comes to sex, my first big rule is consenting adults.

I'm willing to accept the age of consent as a working compromise even though I know a child has been exposed to sexuality pretty much since the day they were born. You can't be human and avoid it. We’re wired for it, we long for a simple touch when don't have it.

Now I could point out that that many problems brought about by bootleg liquor were caused not by the liquor but by it being illegal. How it was made, if it would blind you, what had been added to it, these things happened because there's no quality control if it's illegal and doesn't have to maintain a reputation.

Something very similar happens with most illegal drugs today.

What you're objecting to is the exchange of sex for money. Given your beliefs, I can understand that. But why should your beliefs apply to anyone else?

Yes, there are sexual diseases. But if prostitution was legal, sex workers and clients would be screened. Insurance companies would insist on it.

The thing that is missing here is not morality, it's responsibility.

We don't wall off the liquor stores and bars. We tell people drink responsibly. We don't bar people from buying a gun. We tell them to use it responsibly. We don't take credit cards from people before they can use them. We tell them they are responsible for paying the bill.

Vice laws remove people's responsibility. Vice laws tell people that we don't think they can be adults. Vice laws say that no matter what, certain people are never going to be "good enough." class="ghoster">

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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