Over the past few years, many people have asked whether sex offenders should be able to use social-media sites like Facebook and MySpace. In February a federal judge decided to throw out a Louisiana state law that prohibited sex offenders from joining or even looking at Facebook and other social-networking sites. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, based in Baton Rouge, said the law was unreasonable and unconstitutional. And this week a federal judge ruled this week in Lincoln, Nebraska that the state can’t enforce a law that protects our children from sex offenders.  So now Nebraska cities and towns can tell a registered sex offender to stay away from schools, parks and other places children gather but the state can’t tell the same convicted offender to stay off of Facebook or online chat rooms.

Sex offenders in other states are now challenging the law that bans their access to social media sites such as Face Book saying it violates their free speech rights. This law was enacted to keep children safe from sex offenders on the Internet because the Internet is the virtual playground where sex offenders are trying to strike and prey on our kids, so we must have the tools to crack down on these monsters that are preying on our kids.

On Friday, September 28, 2012 Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken into custody at an undisclosed location by U.S. marshals and brought to court in Los Angeles. Nakoula has been under investigation by probation officials looking into whether he violated the terms of his 2011 release from prison on a bank fraud conviction while making an anti-Muslim film, “Innocence of Muslims.” It portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a fool and a sexual deviant. The film was blamed for a torrent of anti-American unrest in Egypt, Libya and dozens of other Muslim countries and the attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Nakoula, under the terms of his release from jail, had been barred from accessing the Internet or using aliases without the permission of a probation officer. “The court has a lack of trust in the defendant at this time,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal said in refusing Nakoula’s request for bail at a hearing in U.S. District Court.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both deplored the film’s message but it was later learned that the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi had little or nothing to do with the film.

Nakoula, who was on a type of probation known in the federal system as supervised release, served time in prison for a 2010 conviction for taking out bank and credit cards under myriad fake identities. He now faces eight charges of probation violation. Probation officials are recommending a two-year prison term for Nakoula, despite a guideline range of four to 10 months. But a federal judge ordered him held in protective custody without bail, saying he is a flight risk and poses “some danger to the community.”

Is it just me, or does it seem that we live in a bizarro world where the whole earth is in the hands of the wicked, and God has blinded the eyes of the judges? (Job 9:24)

Why should a sexual predator be  protected based on a loosely interpreted version of their 1st Amendment right while someone who made a nonsensical anti-Muslim film is arrested and is facing a two-year prison term?

Is this not the time to pray for a true God-breathed revival? “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

Mathew Henry writes in his commentary: Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armor by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith; he sees, in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on earth that this world is to be renounced and overcome. He cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still tending, striving, and pressing toward heaven. We must all, after Christ’s example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin.

We must realize that God created us and placed us here in order to establish His kingdom. It is up to us not to be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:21)

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Comments
  1. Sex offenders who have done their time deserve the chance to get their lives on track and make a new start. However, I don’t believe that hanging out on Facebook and going into chat rooms is always a good idea for ex-offenders. Temptation crops up at every turn, and ex-offenders (sex or otherwise) need to exercise great caution as they work to make a successful reentry into society. Let’s face it, there is absolute brutality on Facebook and in chat rooms, and ex-offenders are very vulnerable to negative influence. They need to steer clear of places that might lead to repeat offending. Just because something is their legal right doesn’t mean it’s profitable. Great care and extreme caution must be exercised by ex-offenders. If you’ve done your time, you’re done being condemned for your crime. Just don’t go charging into areas where you leave yourself vulnerable to temptation. If you’re a diabetic, what are you doing hanging out in the candy aisle?

  2. sistainarms says:

    Excellent post, I too find it hard to get my head around today’s logic, if you can even call it that. It seems fairly evident to me that way to often the rights of perpetrators are placed above those of the victim . Revival……yes 🙂

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