Swearing In Public Is Now A Crime
The people of Middleborough, Massachusetts have spoken – potty mouths are about to get flushed. Residents in attendance at a town meeting on Monday night approved the police to impose a $20 fine for swearing in public.
They claim the fines are not in place to eliminate speech freedoms in private or casual conversations. The purpose of the system is to crack down on loud, foul-mouthed teens and young people in public parks and the downtown area. Police have full discretion whether or not to ticket someone who violates the new rule.
I hate everything about this. Some are saying the town law is violating our First Amendment rights. Duh! These are words people, WORDS! You’re getting offended by WORDS?? My question is, what constitutes as profanity?
George Carlin’s famous “seven dirty words” are s***, p***, f***, c***, c*********, m*********** and t***. Is that it? Can I say d***? How about c***? Or, my favorite, p****? It’s is an important question, especially when police have been given “discretion” when enforcing the law. This could get ugly.
Thanks Middleborough. Thank you for showing us how to govern a town like a kindergarten class room. I wonder if they’ll put each $20 payment in an actual “swear jar”.