The children are still in charge and its time for confession . None of us know how to deal with some of the most serious bits of bad behavior around . Even our Creator ( if you acknowledge the One proclaimed in the good book) recognizes there are limits to Almighty Power when giving us our autonomy.
Sins are sins according to the good book so we won't dwell on whats worse - just as the good book doesn't .
The 10 commandments are a good example of good laws : They are more proactive and not as prescriptive as most reactive modern pedants would produce them . Read Luther's explanation of them if you don't believe me .
SENATE - "Please let the government govern --is my advice "The Reps , unlike you, will probably pay for their mistakes .
So what advice can we give our senators especially those who waver ( see Neiman) and thereby get confused . When the brief history of current 18C and legislation like it , has proved to do more harm than good . including making people worry about when and where they might be prosecuted . Do you own research - here and overseas ,not counter-intuitive its reactive in the worst sense that it ignores the history of OUR ideas in law ( like common law . presumption of innocence , proscetion of assault - verbal and other being helpful,etc you name it )
Of course WE should change legislation which doesn't DO what it is intended to do . The name of the crimes in any legislation are critical as are the Means of dealing with them .
You only have to think of how Voltaire and just about every freethinker since Adam would support the removal of the words "offend ,insult, humiliate "entirely as we are guilty weekly in some hearers view, As yourself who wrote the original legislation and whether they knew what they were doing?
If you are senate like enough to think prosecuting it in court will stop what happens at home , you only have to think of Alan Bonds big smile when he said " Go see my lawyers"
We are only ever a free country while the Government stop trying to playing our parent.
How many times does some smart arsed ignorant politician or group get their way with a few of their inadequate words only to find their chosen words do little but create more lumbering logomachy and laws to beat us (and the free speaking honest poor ) up with . Where is that "Lesslaws Party" when we need em?.