Ms. Loren Siegel
We interviewed Ms. Loren Siegel from the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. Siegel is the head of
the Public Education Department at the ACLU. She has been at the ACLU since 1981 and is a
lawyer. She has two teenagers.
What is the purpose of the ACLU?
The purpose of the ACLU is to protect
the rights of individuals. The ACLU has been around since the 1920s when women did
not have the right to vote.
What is the ACLUs position on
The ACLU is against the legislation
that the congress has tried to pass. They do not think that Congress has the right to
require that all television sets be equipped with the chip.
Do you think that TV violence is a
There is no scientific proof that
watching television will make a child violent.
Much of our research states that
violence on TV causes children to act violently. What does the ACLU think about this
The ACLU does not agree with this
statement. There have been many studies in lab research on this topic, never once have
they found proof that this statement is accurate. The ACLU believes that the violence
children are exposed to through television does not affect them as much as real life
experience with violence.
Both Representative Markey and the
inventor of the V-chip, Tim Collings believe that the V-Chip
does not go against the First Amendment. In fact they both agree that the ACLU is wrong!
I'm not surprised. The First
Amendment states that one of the rights of the individual is freedom of speech or
expression. The government can not pick and choose what it likes and doesnt like
about freedom of expression. It cannot be restricted if it is not causing direct harm. The
legislature is telling the television industry that they must include the V-Chip in every
television produced. The V-Chip censors anything even remotely violent, ranging from
documentary coverage to news to wrestling!
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