[quote=Lischou]And which gov’t agency do you wish to have control the morality of things published in the press?
Murder is immoral. Do you not have a law which prohibits murder? Stealing is immoral. Do you not have a law which prohibits stealing?
[quote=Lischou]There are lots of things published everyday in many different publications that I find morally offensive or offensive to my religious beliefs.
Offending is not – in itself – illegal, nor do I believe it should be. Where that offence causes harm, however, it is illegal and I believe it should be illegal. Examples of laws which prohibit harm resulting from speech: laws addressing defamation, libel, slander, hate propaganda, death threats, blackmail, false witness (perjury), fraud.
[quote=Lischou]I don’t want the gov’t to decide this for me though.
Agreed. Why should the gov’t control what merely offends you? Are you suggesting that gov’t should not control defamation, libel, slander, hate propaganda, death threats, blackmail, perjury, fraud?
[quote=Lischou]I exercise the freedom allowed for by the Constitution not to buy or support those publications through usage of any kind.
Are boycotts of murders, blackmailers, and so on particularly effective in minimizing harm caused by the perpetrators of those crimes?
[quote=Lischou]My question for you is do you really want a gov’t like the one in Iran?
False dichotomy. Just because I want a government which recognizes harm caused by certain forms of speech does not mean I also want a government like the one in Iran.
[quote=Lischou]That is a theocracy, and they do control all things moral.
As I have pointed out, the American government also controls things moral. Not all things, but those things which have to do with causing harm: murder, theft, (perjury), defamation, slander, libel, blackmail, death threats, driving while intoxicated, trafficking in drugs, fraud, and so on.