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Anthony Comstock, a religious fanatic "exposes" Voltaire and urges laws be passed banning obscene literature from the mails. The Comstock Laws in the United States usher in an era of sexual repression and censorship of sexual ideas, including information about birth control. [Aug 2006]

Comstock law [...]

Anthony Comstock (March 7, 1844 - September 21, 1915) created the Society for Supression of Vice in 1873, an institution dedicated to supervising the morality of the public. Later that year, Comstock successfully influenced Congress to pass the Comstock Law, which made illegal the delivery or transportation of "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" material. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Comstock [Sept 2004]

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