Heritage Foundation Slams Anti-Child Rape Bill As "Overcriminalization"

August 12, 2009 10:39 am ET — Chris Harris

On August 12, 2009, the Heritage Foundation claimed an anti-child rape bill is "a result of rampant overcriminalization, trivial conduct is now often punished as a crime."

Heritage Foundation Favors Lax Penalties For Child Porn And Child Sex Trafficking

Unbeknownst to many, the Heritage Foundation produces the website Overcriminalized.com, which advocates the theory that "as a result of rampant overcriminalization, trivial conduct is now often punished as a crime."

Heritage claims the website:

... describes the trend in America - and particularly in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

Overcriminalized.com sends out legislative update alerts to "e-mail subscribers interested in legislation pending in Congress that could perpetuate the dangerous trend of criminalizing more and more social and economic activity."

The group's legislative update alert on August 12, 2009, included the "Prevention and Deterrence of Crimes Against Children Act of 2009, which was introduced on July 31, 2009 by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to increase criminal penalties for child pornography, child sex trafficking and prostitution, child rape and sex crimes, and sex tourism.

Members of Congress should debate this bill on its merits, weighing the pros and cons of such legislation.  But by implying stricter penalties on child sex offenders is an example of Big Government overreaching its authority in order to punish "trivial conduct," the Heritage Foundation reveals just how much the conservative movement has lost touch with American families.

A screenshot of the email alert is below:

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