May you live in interesting times is a saying attributed to ancient China. Some have interpreted that saying as a curse, others as a blessing. Regardless of its negative or positive connotation, the saying applies today to the lives of almost a million Americans who are required to register as sex offenders as well as to their family members and supporters.
What else can explain why a powerful politician admits that he inappropriately touched several young men and is sentenced to only 15 months in prison and not required to register as a sex offender after hundreds of thousands of individuals have been sentenced to many years, sometimes decades, in prison and required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives?
What else can explain why Congress passed the International Megan’s Law that requires the addition of a “Scarlet letter” to the passports of hundreds of thousands of Americans based upon a myth that those convicted of a sex offense involving a minor will engage in child sex trafficking or child sex tourism while overseas?
What else can explain why an articulate spokesman for our movement is sued because he dared to criticize a group of private individuals who harassed registered citizens during government-sponsored compliance checks?
What else can explain why an intelligent spokesman for our movement reportedly violated conditions of his probation by sending hundreds of text messages to a minor?
What else can explain why a sheriff in Vermont hired a registered citizen despite the criticism of his peers and community?
What else can explain why a minister in Florida provided housing for registered citizens until that housing was closed by the government?
What else can explain why California Reform Sex Offender Laws continues to challenge laws that limit where registered citizens may visit and/or reside?
What else can explain why I have devoted my life to protecting the Constitution by restoring the civil rights of registered citizens?
It’s time to face the facts. Good or bad, we live in interesting times. Let’s make this time in which we live even more interesting by continuing to shine the light of truth….through education, legislation and litigation.
We are and will continue to educate the public about the truth of registered citizens, including their low rate of re-offense. We are and will continue to oppose legislation that threatens the Constitution by denying registered citizens’ civil rights, including the right to good jobs and safe housing. We are and will continue to litigate by challenging laws including the International Megan’s Law, up to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Yes, we live in interesting times. Together, we can make it a blessing, not a curse.