Casey and Standard each make valid, yet oposing points.
But how far back would you roll it? Hopefully not all the way to the twelfth century. I don't think any of us would want to live in that world.
In any event, what if this is exactly what the authorities want us to do? What if they use the act in such a way that the public despair, ask for its removal and then the authorities oblige, but don't stop?