Mass. town OKs $20 fines for swearing in public

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  1. freeatlast

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    Well I'll be...nevermind. :laugh:
     
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    Good news. Glad they are standing up for what's right.
     
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    Well good, although it's silly to read the statement that "it's hard to know what's obscene because of what's allowed on television." Just because it's on television doesn't mean it's not obscene. Whose bright idea is THAT?

    Most don't know that it's illegal to swear in public anyhow and can result in a fine. I used that one in Ohio when my kids were little and everytime I took them outside to this little park, a group of nasty ladies were sitting there cussing with every other word and being really gross in their speech. I called the police and asked about doing this in a public place and they told me that the ladies doing it could receive up to a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE. I was going to tape record it if they didn't stop, since it was almost daily, but I went to them first and informed them of the law and they refused to acknowledge me, but they also didn't do it anymore so it solved the problem.

    I'd urge anyone with an issue like that to call and find out the law. They police will probably be too busy in many places to respond, but recording in a public place is usually legal (check the law) and it will help out the authorities.

    Anyone should be able to take kids out to normal public places without them being exposed to raunchy discussions and ignorant cursers who don't care if there are children about...or the worst ones...the ones who are out their cursing their own kids out!
     
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    Good, glad to hear some good news.
     
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    Yes lets have the govt control more of our lives.
     
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    "The ordinance would decriminalize public profanity, allowing police to write tickets as they would for a traffic violation. It would also decriminalize certain types of disorderly conduct, public drinking and marijuana use, and dumping snow on a roadway."

    The ordinance REDUCED the punishment for public swearing to a fine.

    It also reduced the punishment for smoking dope to a mere fine.

    What do those who are applauding this ordinance think about those facts?
     
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    #?%*!

    That's what I think
     
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    [SIZE=+0]First many states or municipalities have such laws, but they are seldom enforced. As long as the law specifies what words are not to be used in public it would take a very rebellious heart to be opposed to this or not to see the good in this law. That being said I seriously doubt it will stand since the Supreme court has already dealt with issues like this in the past and say they are not constitutional unless the profanity is being used to insight violence.
    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/remember-profanity-isnt-always-protected-speech
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    Really?

    Then you think that only a "very rebellious heart" would oppose REDUCING the penalty for cursing public?

    Only a "very rebellious heart" would oppose REDUCING the penalty for smoking dope?

    Only a "very rebellious heart" would oppose REDUCING the penalty for public intoxication?

    I'm surprised that you aren't calling for caning of offenders ! :laugh:
     
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    Apparently there are people who opt for this. They're usually the ones who were against the Patriot Act, until Obama took it as his.

    Swearing in public ?

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    Crazy. Hey look violent crime is on the rise, but by golly no one is cussing around here!
     
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    "Decriminalizing" means that it will be almost impossible for the city police to lose a case and almost impossible to appeal. Usually the fine is set low so that only a retired person or someone on welfare would bother to protest the fine.
     
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    So it's not about curbing inappropriate behaviors...

    It's about collecting those fines?

    Old habits die hard don't they, billwald?
     
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    First many states or municipalities have such laws, but they are seldom enforced. As long as the law specifies what words are not to be used in public it would take a very rebellious heart to be opposed to this or not to see the good in this law. That being said I seriously doubt it will stand since the Supreme court has already dealt with issues like this in the past and say they are not constitutional unless the profanity is being used to insight violence.
    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/remember-profanity-isnt-always-protected-speech

    I would have no problem with caning.
     
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    Thanks for the facts.

    Those police officers would get carpal tunnel syndrome if they enforced these ordinances in Houston. :laugh:
     
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    Ahhhhh, shut the Front door! :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    "Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind trying to express itself forcefully." Only someone with a weak mind and a limited vocabulary needs to use profanity to fill in where they lack the intelligent words. I quit using ALL profanity at age 16 when I realized I didn't need it and was turning it on and off at will depending on who I was around. It had nothing to do with Christian beliefs since I wasn't a Christian then. It had to do with common sense and maturity, and a sufficient vocabulary to say what needed to be said.
     
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    Give the man a big AMEN!
     
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    And I can think of a lot of other things that are just as stupid, that I do not wish to spend money on having prevented. Your post makes a good talking point style rant, but it does not explain how this law will be enforced. And, as I pointed out, real crime skyrockets.
     

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