Jun 27, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/27/supreme-court-violent-video-games_n_884991.html?"No doubt a state possesses legitimate power to protect children from harm," said Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion. "But that does not include a free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed."
The California law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.
More than 46 million American households have at least one video-game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18 billion in 2010.
Unlike depictions of "sexual conduct," Scalia said there is no tradition in the United States of restricting children's access to depictions of violence, pointing out the violence in the original depiction of many popular children's fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Snow White.
I actually agree with Scalia from a constitutional standpoint (even though the MD in me is revolted).
OK, so what about the free-floating power to restrict teachers even mentioning homosexuality in the classroom (or in extracurricular activities)? Not that that's even harmful, mind you. We're not talking about presenting graphic scenes of "sexual conduct" in the classroom, just the fact that some people like the same sex.