wow, fu*& that
wow, fu*& that
I remember some time ago in law school, a case from US supreme court, which stated that not every expression is a freedom of speech issue. Such would be noise for example. Don't know about profanities though.
This is simply a freedom of speech issue, no matter how you slice it. You may not agree with profanity usage, but it's still just words covered under free speech. Now if there are teens who are causing such a disturbance....guess what?!? There is already a law in place to take care of that, there is no need for this garbage law. Just prudes trying to have complete control and ruin every one's good time. I hope anyone and everyone who gets fined for this, challenges it.
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Defend your "freedoms" all you want, but only a socially retarded person would start cursing like that int hat sort of meetings.
Absolutely pathetic. Most ridiculous story I've seen today.
Good thing I live near Middleboro. I'm going to go there, and swear my head off in front of City Hall, then sue the city for infringing upon my freedom of speech.
This is silly. It's an attempt to stamp out a symptom instead of getting to the root cause: poor upbringing of kids, lack of respect for the wishes and well-being of others, and not caring so much about fitting in as a positive part of their community.
I actually agree with it. It does fall into a disturbing the peace type offence. Provided the stick with people actually disturbing the peace and not people having a casual conversation among themselves.
Enforcement will be a bit to deal with but otherwise I think its a good idea.
I personally don't think it infringes upon freedom of speech. You can still say whatever you want, as long as you aren't blasting it around in public areas. And they're not talking about protesting, it's obviously aimed at teenagers and other disturbers of the peace that cause a ruckus with their loud profanity in common areas. If they don't cause a disturbance they can say whatever they want.
I work in a downtown area, and there are homeless people and crack heads that are always doing this, and everyone who is a normal person gets uncomfortable when one of them is walking down the sidewalk towards you or sitting on the steps of your building screaming obscenities as they go by. Sure, it's kind of funny to watch sometimes, but people don't like it when it happens to them. Or around their children.
So in my opinion, yes, I agree with this law. And I think there should be stiff penalties for those who continuously offend.
This is nothing more than a way for the municipality to make more revenue. If someone is causing a public disturbance, there are already laws on the books to deal with it.
Why the new law, then? Because it's easier/less expensive to write a $20 ticket, which is also less likely to be contested (would you take the day off work to fight the $20?) than it is to arrest someone, charge them, go to court, and collect a several hundred dollar fine.
I haven't expressed my view at all, so don't try to pin someone elses opinions on me, I merely thought your train of thought was weird to say the least.
This is so unconstitutional. Any judge worth a dam will strike this law down.