Sorry if this post seems random and confusing (and a little long), but I’ve really gotta just clear out my head.
I just finished an assignment on the theology behind the Arian controversy. To put the result simply, Arius was a heretic of the worst sort, and I spent most of the assignment wanting to throw anything expounding his theology as far away from me as possible. Arius had denied the divinity of Christ, instead saying that he was a ‘created creature’ who attained ‘sonship’ through a high moral standing, a stance that was met with great hostility by a large majority of the Church.
The assignment was hard to grapple with, as I had to maintain an objectivity that didn’t come easily concerning this issue. So in a way I suppose I reacted in the same way as the leaders of the church in Arius’ time did, so at least I’m on the well-worn Christological track that the Church has stuck to since the beginning – which is a good thing.
Also, for some reason I’m becoming more interested in the Australian political system, and the various policies that are being argued and proposed. Of everything, the policy that has been standing out to me the most is the policy to introduce a ‘filter’ on the internet.
While I can agree with the aims of the Labour Government, which are to prevent harmful exploitation of Children, and to prevent Children from seeing inappropriate websites, the method they are using to achieve this goal is flawed. In a nutshell, the national filter proposed will greatly slow down the Australian internet (which seems stupid considering the plans to upgrade Australia’s broadband network to provide both faster and more reliable internet access), be easily avoided by anyone with even a basic knowledge of proxy server sites (which route blocked sites through ID’s that the filter recognise as OK), would provide a structural framework for a potential government censorship program, and would not prevent the underground sharing of Child Pornography through unofficial servers or online file sharing systems. I won’t even go into the effects that it would have on the gaming culture of Australia (which is two large and complex to even enter into here).
The money Labour is fueling into this proposed plan would be better spent educating parents about the dangers of the internet (so that they can properly supervise and protect their own children), both in terms of online games and the darker side of the internet, and providing information on private filtering devices (that can be installed on home computers and give parents the options concerning what is blocked and what is not). Also, providing more money and training to the police forces who specialise in the infiltration and arrest of the underground groups that share images of the exploitation of Children would have a greater effect on the spread of those images.
Again, sorry if this post seems overly long, but I really needed to get both of these thoughts out there in order to clear out my head.