The Morality Police

We Americans shake our head at the very thought of the state determining what is moral and what is not…..kinda craps all over the freedom of choice huh?

And we are warned about the creeping Shariah Law that is foreseen on the horizon (by some)….the laws like those in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia… no music, no religious tolerance, women are second class citizens. etc etc.

But KSA is by no means alone in the pursuit of morality……

Police forces tasked with implementing strict state interpretations of Islamic morality exist in several other states, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Malaysia.

Many – especially those with an affinity with Western lifestyles – chafe against such restrictions on daily life, but others support the idea, and growing religious conservatism has led to pressure for similar forces to be created in countries that do not have them.

Here are some places where “morality police” forces patrol:

But a century ago North American cities like Toronto (that is Canada) had a “morality police”…..

William Howland, mayor between 1886 and 1887, established the Morality Department, known as the Office of the Staff Inspector. It was responsible for patrolling any instances of infractions of public order, which were quite diverse: public drunkenness, houses of ill fame, gambling, cruelty against women and children (which included abortion and infanticide), and perhaps most importantly, prostitution, which will be the focus here.

And the idea of social control never died out…..even here in the US, even today, we have our version of the “morality police”…….that’s right…..a “moral patrol”……

In the United States, the Morality Police regulate everything from the color of hair to what people do in their bedrooms.

A high school in Missouri recently suspended a student for having “unnatural” hair color. The student, a junior, is a natural redhead, but she decided to dye her hair auburn. Unfortunately, the commercial hair dye gave her what the school administrators thought was an unnatural color of red.

That high school isn’t the only one with Puritanical rules. School administrators and their elected school boards throughout the country have somehow given themselves the right to create and enforce rules that prohibit students from wearing clothes that could impede the learning of other students. It might be logical to ban girls from wearing short-shorts and halter tops to class. Or, maybe guys who, on a hot day, decide to embarrass themselves and others by wearing nothing but Speedos to Biology class.

America’s Morality Police

My point is that there will always be those “religious sorts” that think they have a grasp on morality…..but that is a matter of opinion and in this society we still have the Freedom of Choice.

And since I have the freedom I choose to ignore these societal slugs.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

20 thoughts on “The Morality Police

  1. Many “religious sorts” are definitely a problem, for example, when it comes to the Christian Zionist masses here in the US, and in great numbers, who support the apartheid state of Israel in their longstanding oppression of indigenous Palestinians. But, also, I would argue, the “secular” neoliberal masses are just as bad (or getting there) and are currently and viciously active on the streets of American cities (and destroying small local businesses, incidentally). BLM, a state-supported and -financed organization, by the way, consists mostly of white Americans who have no problem with our murderous foreign interventions. As for both states, Saudi Arabia and Israel…isn’t it interesting that the US always picks the most perverted and sadistic bedfellows?

      1. Not so much a “link” as a side by side comparison: two very different groups who think they’re diametrically opposed to one another, and yet share very similar behaviors… Also, Walter Brasch in Counterpoint writes that it’s illegal to have oral sex or be homosexual in several states. Obviously, those are archaic state laws, are certainly not worried about by anybody, and will inevitably being updated or abolished altogether. I’m more worried about free speech and the very real limits which have been placed on it within the culture itself, and advanced by the fascist “liberal” media. Brasch also didn’t give any evidence of the “hair episode”, although I’m sure anything is possible. He also writes: “Thus, in Georgia, it might be possible for a child molester to not be arrested, while a 16-year-old with blue-streaked hair be suspended or expelled from school.” Really? What a strange linking of two very different items of concern. Apparently, he hasn’t heard of the Epstein affair, and of all the establishment Washington politicians who are deeply implicated (especially among Democrats. And I’m not a Republican, I’m only pointing out the facts.) Or Hollywood, Weinstein, etc….though it’s a typical move and stereotype used to point fingers at the southern states.

  2. I’d like to know more about the suspension of a student who changed her hair from red to auburn…is it true? As for bedrooms in the US, you would have to be more specific. What has been banned? Cultural norms in the US are very “loose” and accepting of many, if not most, sexual behaviors. And I’m not sure that in that case “puritanical” would be the applicable word.

  3. I suppose you’re in favor of this… (Why not? The entire lamestream media and cesspool known as Hollywood (which produces pure drivel 19 out of 20 times) both are. Lot of money to be made. 😉

  4. We had a report here last year of teachers measuring the skirt lengths of girls at school to decide if they were ‘provocatively short’. Another girl was sent home for not wearing the required black pantyhose with her school uniform in case her bare legs were seen as provocative. She was 11 years old.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. All that is sad. I had this problem when my daughter was in school….they tried to hold her in a room because her hair was dyed blue…well I made it to the school and after a few select words to the head dude we can to an understanding…..never had any more problems always a call when things were hinkey. chuq

      1. After my outbursts and friend at the local newspaper we had them over a barrel….I rather enjoyed being a dick…LOL chuq

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