Not content with their ongoing full frontal assaults on women, minorities, immigrants, and Basic Human Decency, the Arizona State Legislature has drafted a bill that would essentially make the entire internet illegal. It seems like a fairly straightforward anti-harassment law— and it was no doubt pitched as such to trick the handful of sensible people left in that helltoilet of a state into supporting it— but there is no language in the bill restricting its scope to individual communications; in effect, it would ban anything on the entire internet that they consider offensive or harassing in nature. The bill is already on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer, famous right-wing ideologue, so its passage into law is inevitable.
…Also inevitable is the eventual overturn of this antediluvian farce— it’s chock full of undefined terms, nebulous instructions, and unenforceable mandates, meaning it doesn’t have a chance of passing Constitutional muster in federal court— but it will no doubt ruin many lives and crush plenty of free speech before it falls.
Go support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund ; the 19th Century sucked real bad, and they’re on the front lines of the fight to keep us from being dragged back there.