What people don't realize, is that as soon as they say, "I was molested as a child, so this hit's close to home" or "Just wait until your child gets molested and we'll see if you change your mind" it actually negates any opinion they may have as biased and making a law based on emotion. That is not how our laws work. You need neutral 3rd party people to make laws, because as the Adam Walsh Act has shown, making laws as revenge against past wrongdoings always ends up being unconstitutional in the end, or not in the best interest of society. Nobody here, and I checked carefully, said that this book was a good idea or the right thing to do. (one said it was ok because you can learn how to protect your kids by reading it) They are simply saying he has the RIGHT to publish it.
You can't be all "for the constitution" for some, and not for others. If he's not a criminal, and has committed no crime, you MUST keep the constitution at the forefront of your mind. Republicans have proven that they can put emotions first, before the rights of citizens. It's sad, really. Watching one segment on fox news talk about sex offenders proves my point. What political person would stand up and say "no, this sex offender law is wrong."? Well, none. Which is why any law to "get tough on sex offenders" gets passed blindly and without much thought. And with the stroke of a pen, hundreds of thousands of lives are changed forever, sometimes years, or DECADES after the fact. That would be why the Adam Walsh Act is being found unconstitutional. If a sex offender agrees to 10 years on the registry and 2 years in jail, for instance, you can't, 5 years later, suddenly pass a law that says he must register for 25 years or life. If he can't go back and re-plea, you can't re-sentence him. Fortunately, even sex offenders do have rights. At what point do you let an 18yo who had sex with his 16yo gf whom he later married live his life? At what point do you finally say you've paid back your debt to society?
Id love for some of the conservatives on this forum to answer that question.
I just want to let people know that not all sex offenders are rapists or child molesters. Some are romeo/juliet type offenders and some are people who pee behind a bush and are caught. Sex offender does not automatically equal rapist, by any means.