Comment on Tokyo Manga Ban Signed Into Law by Rick:

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‘Interfering in sexual expression is a FUCKING BAD THING TO DO! Not to mention that it is totally against human rights’

San Com is not the best place for a detailed debate on ethics.

However, your argument lacks rigor.

If there is some objective morality (enforced by some ultimate Buddha or Amaterasu or whatever) then the source of that objective morality dictates whether sexual expression should or should not be interfered with.

If there is not objective morality, there’s no “good” or “bad” to anything.

But … this is not the place for an ethics or philosophy debate.

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