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After Years of Lobbying, Starbucks STILL Hasn’t Banned Child Porn from Its WiFi Networks

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For more than four years, a non-profit has been leaning on Starbucks to block illicit content, including child pornography, from its public WiFi inside its stores without success.

“We started the ‘Safe WiFi’ campaign a number of years ago, and we asked Starbucks and McDonald’ to lead corporate America to voluntarily filter their public WiFi from two types of content – pornography, and child pornography,” said Enough is Enough founder Donna Rice Hughes in an interview with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

Enough is Enough is described as the “national leader on the front lines of making the Internet safer for children and families.” Founded in 1994, it “has pioneered and led the effort to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation with innovative initiatives and effective communications.”

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According to Hughes, McDonald’s is filtering such content in 14,000 of its stores. Starbucks, though, formerly led by potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz, has yet to act despite four years of lobbying from the group.

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“Starbucks, however, made a promise two and a half years ago, based on our efforts, that they would begin filtering,” Hughes said. “However, two and a half years passed and they did not keep their promise.”

Why would Starbucks allow such content to go unfiltered in more than 14,500 stores nationwide? The answer is anyone’s guess. But Enough is Enough is still fighting.

“We decided after working behind the scenes with them and WiFi providers to turn up the heat, just recently,” Hughes said. “We did a press release, and within 24 hours the media got behind our effort, and Starbucks agreed to begin filtering in Starbucks’ nationally in 2019. But this time, we are holding our applause, and we are asking people to sign that we have at Enough.org, because we’re going to keep the heat on Starbucks this time until they actually follow through on their promise.”

Hughes and her organization, though, still have not been able to get Starbucks to budge.

“We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019,” the company told NBC in late 2018.

Hughes told NBC that Starbucks sent her a letter telling her that they will begin filtering such content “once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content.”


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Judge Dismisses Transgender Woman’s “Discrimination” Lawsuit Against Miss USA Pageant

Miss USA remains a pageant for biological females only.

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Last Thursday a federal judge dismissed a transgender woman’s lawsuit that accused the Miss USA pageant of discrimination.

Anita Noelle Green is a biological male who claimed that “she” had a right to participate in the pageant’s competitions, but US District Judge Michael W. Mosman found that the law is not on “her” side.

Judge Mosman ruled that Miss United States of America LLC, a private corporation, cannot be forced to violate its mission of promoting “natural-born” females.

“I view it as an association that cannot under the Constitution be required to allow plaintiff to participate in what defendant says is a contradiction of that message,” he said.

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Green competed in the 2018 Miss Montana pageant and won the 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon competition—but Miss USA denied “her” application. Green’s lawyer attempted to argue that the Miss USA corporation is predominately a commercial business that’s granted “minimal protection,” not a First Amendment-protected “expressive association.”

Judge Mosman, however, disagreed and found the pageant corporation to be a predominately expressive association, meaning that it is engaged in expressive activity and promotes a message.

In related news, Big League Politics recently covered Sen. Rand Paul’s confrontation with transgender HHS nominee Rachel Levine about “her” unwillingness to say that minors shouldn’t be bypassing their parents and making their own decisions about transitioning:

At Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Rand Paul confronted Rachel Levine, a transgender doctor and Biden’s Assistant HHS Secretary nominee, asking if “she” supports minors overriding their parents on transitioning to the opposite sex.

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Levine’s response was as follows: “Senator, transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field, and if confirmed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Health, I would certainly be pleased to come to your office and talk with you and your staff about the standards of care…”

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