Just what we need

A state senator from Illinois has proposed a new law that would likely please Jerry Coyne:

A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online.

The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”

The Democratic lawmaker’s bill, which does not ask for or clarify requirements from entities requesting the comment removal, would take effect 90 days after becoming law.

Coyne would probably want to make one modification – you only need to supply your legal name and home address if you dare to criticize New Atheism or its leaders.

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3 Responses to Just what we need

  1. eveysolara says:

    In other news, a senator has proposed a bill that will outlaw hurricanes.

  2. Michael says:

    The best part of the law was where the lawyers were empowered to sue the hurricanes.

  3. apollyon911 says:

    I see the ever expanding government is doing its best imitation of Big Brother.

    Of course, this would line up with the Gnu Atheists: only ‘correct’ comments would be acceptable.

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