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A recent post indicated that the sex offender debate was the type of single issue that sinks the Democratic battleship with every election.

I'm real sorry about that.

People are now being forced from their homes in Iowa, Georgia, and soon, Kentucky.  Ex post facto, baby.

The sex offender issue,a scam, a lie, a fabrication of distorted facts, needs immediate attention.

NOW.

Poltiicans and journalists have perpetuated and misrepresented the facts....as usual.

The only truth associated with this issue?  You could be next because it is damn easy to become an offender in this country.

For those of you who choose to ignore this post, well, I hope beyond hope that you or a family member never lives this nightmare.

Really sad that some Democrats think the fight for civil rights is a ship sinker.

Wake the hell up.

Georgia. Iowa. And soon....Kentucky.

The Welcome Wagon of these states have a message for persons convicted of a sex-related offense.

Sex offender? Living within 1000 feet of a school, playground, day care, public bus stop, school bus stop, or any other place where children are known to congregate?

Get out. Pack your bags. NOW.

Own your home? Lived there for years? Too bad. Break up your family? So sorry.

No grandfather clause. If the above designated locations exist in your neighborhood now or is built in the future, time to relocate. Don't slap yourself in the rear on your way out the door.

You are hereby evicted.

"I don't care how inconvenient we make it for these guys," said Kenton County, Kentucky Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn. "Don't commit the crime and you won't have to do the time."

Korzenborn's comments lead all to believe that all sex offenders are child molesters.

Well, aren't they?

WRONG.

Welcome to the Witchhunt of Modern Times.

Much controversy exists regarding how persons become labeled a sex offender. Most Americans believe that the registry lists convicted child molesters when in actuality, many offenders listed on the Registries have been convicted of poor-behavior-choice offenses, which involve no victim and no physical contact. An example of such would include online talk with an undercover police officer posing as an underage minor. Teenagers involved in a consensual sexual relationship, known as "Romeo and Juliet" relationships, with the male or female partner considered underage in the eyes of the law, are also listed as sex offenders on the nation's registries. ("Groups Propose Tier System For Sex Registry" Internet Broadcasting Systems and Local6.com, May 2006).

"This new law has a great amount of surface-level attraction," said Richard Tewksbury, justice administration professor at the University of Louisville. But the negative effects are significant enough that they far outweigh the positive benefits." Tewksbury says Kentucky's new law is "a bit misguided" in that it assumes all sex offenders are targeting children. He called it "politically popular."

"It's a furthering and widening of the sentence (sex offenders) received in a court of justice," Tewksbury said.

In other words, a violation of constitutional rights. Ex post facto, i.e. after the fact, retroactively, repunishing an American citizen repeatedly, over and over and over until politicians have sufficiently vote-mongered respective constituencies into full-fledged fear and hysteria.

The United States Constitution. Remember that document? Signed by our forefathers? The impressive groundwork for our country that apparently, has been RECYCLED?

Holy crap, people! Are you paying attention?

Kicked out. Spit out. Forced to move. In Georgia, the residency restriction law puts everywhere off limits. No place to live. Banished from the entire state!. Whether you have lived there 3 months or 30 years. Bye-bye. In Iowa, cars have become home. Those without cars are camped out in the woods. Many are choosing to go underground, refusing to comply with registration requirements. Kentucky residents, designated as sex offenders, will soon face the same choices, come July 12.

Fresh out of prison, Kerry Skora would much rather be known as a murderer than a sex offender, due to the stigma. "The reality is sex offenders are a great political target," said Rep. John Fritchey, a Chicago Democrat.

The legal battles are brewing. "We are looking into the constitutional issues and are concerned that people's civil liberties are being impacted," said Lili Lutgens, a lawyer with ACLU of Kentucky. Well, Lili, depends on your local ACLU. In Florida, the organization has been unnaturally silent on the issue. In Michigan, the ACLU has no problem defending the civil rights of male cheerleaders.

So much for the ACLU.

We have blacklisted Americans known as sexual offenders based on misrepresentation of the truths swirling about this issue. The collective "we" have allowed politicians to exploit our most vulnerable fear, the safety of our children, for personal political advantage. We are all responsible for allowing hysteria driven legislation, at the city, state, and federal level, to remain unchecked due to the manipulation of our emotional bonds to our children by politicians.

We are better than that.

Enough is enough.

References Cited:

Rebecca Van Drunen, Confederation College,"Outcast Society: A Closer Look at North American Sexual Offenders in the Twenty-First Century", May 5th, 2006).

Originally posted to creepers on Sun Jun 25, 2006 at 10:17 AM PDT.

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  •  I don't disagree with anything you've said- (2+ / 0-)
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    Cecrops Tangaroa, yinn

    but unfortunately they 'protect the children' meme is so strong that anyone who weilds it has to be doing something far more nefarious than this before the majority don't think it's the right thing.

    There are databases where you can go online, type in your address and see all of the convicted sex offenders living nearby. If they have already been convicted, they have served their time if they are now at home. They don't deserve additional punishment just because we don't trust our own penal system to reform criminals.

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    by Arken on Sun Jun 25, 2006 at 10:19:13 AM PDT

  •  would Bill O'Reilly be classified sex offender? (3+ / 0-)
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    yinn, DrClayForrester, bigchin

    for his behavior? the lewd phone calls, etc, that he settled?

    Rugged masculinity? the man's a goblin !

    by seesdifferent on Sun Jun 25, 2006 at 10:25:33 AM PDT

  •  What is happening (0+ / 0-)

    to the so-called "sex offender" is going to be the test of our true commitment to civil rights in the criminal justice system over the next few years. This is the issue on which we are going to have to decide if we really stand behind the principles of justice we hold so dear, or if there is an "except if you do this" category. The Rethugs seized on it early in the conservative revolution. They love it. They have used it as the test laboratory for stretching the limits of constitutional protections, and they have done some amazing things. The reason they chose the issue is because of the natural revulsion people have about sex offenses, and then they pushed to see how far they could go with it. They intentionally blur the categories (Romeo and Juliet get the same treatment as Jeffrey Dahmer), because they are more interested in conquering individual civil rights than in the offense itself. If they can create a category of hopeless ostracism and prejudice, then they can expand that category and use it for all sorts of purposes. That is what they are trying to do.

    Human sexualty is a fertile area for such experiments because it arouses intense emotions. It is also a source of embarassment for most -- we generally don't discuss sexuality very comfortably in public, so it is an ideal area to attack. People simply avoid the subject, and that leaves the accused with no support -- innocent or guilty, dangerous or stupid.

    Those who strongly and adamently persist in this witchhunt claim they care about children. But their policies don't show any concern about children in any other area. That is where they should be called out.

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