In the past, on this blog, I’m sure I’ve mentioned that child pornography legislation tends to be over-broad and paranoid, and is a stalking horse for other kinds of censorship. Until recently, though, I would have said that anti-child-porn crusades have been sincere: I mean, they’ve been motivated by some real desire to protect children and/or public morality.
Not no more.
The picture above, by Katie Falkenberg, shows the extent of groundwater contamination due to “mountaintop removal” coal mining techniques. It was going to be used in a presentation by anti-coal-mining activist Marie Gunnoe. Bad choice….the coal lobby and their friends in congress have dispatched the police to investigate Gunnoe’s connection to child porn.
Whatever one’s politics re: coal, I think this is a pretty despicable and cynical reaction, and it is probably not the last time we will see such images politicized in ways that have nothing to do with protecting children.