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The #@*&! Problem

lludwig Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 4:44 PM
Yes - sarcasms works, but the usage of four letter words does not constitute a low IQ. What does constitute a low IQ are these idiots that wage war on people who use these words to emphasize anger or surprise or even joy are so intimidated like four year old children, instead of heeding the message. I think it would be much more productive if these small minded idiots would wage war on pedophiles or rapist, the kind of people who are actually foul.

BY A VOTE of 183-50, town meeting members in Middleborough, Mass., last week approved a bylaw making public cursing a civil offense and authorizing police to enforce the ban by fining offenders $20.

Town Hall may find it hard to collect on those fines. Assuming Cohen v. California is still good law, the First Amendment's protection of free speech extends to using four-letter words in public, and as soon as the new ordinance is challenged it will almost certainly be struck down. Legally, town authorities don't have a leg to stand on. But their concern with enforcing public standards...

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