Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Privacy Violations in Texas

When I criticize the circumscribed nature of the Supreme Court's privacy ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, it is with idiotic scenarios such as the following in mind (via Instapundit):

A Texas housewife is in big trouble with the law for selling a vibrator to a pair of undercover cops. . . . Joanne Webb, a former fifth-grade teacher and mother of three, was in a county court in Cleburne, Texas, on Monday to answer obscenity charges for selling the vibrator to undercover narcotics officers posing as a dysfunctional married couple in search of a sex aid.

What business is it of any state officials that Joanne Webb is selling vibrators? How can anyone justify this sort of egregious interference in the private affairs of ordinary citizens? The right to privacy ought to be regarded as an absolute, not something to be recognized in the limited circumstances of gay sodomy alone, even if it means that victimless crimes like this one, or even prostitution and pot dealing, can no longer be enforced. In fact, it ought to be recognized as an absolute precisely for that reason.