I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this.
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Residents in Middleborough have voted to make the foul-mouthed among them pay fines for swearing in public.
At a town meeting Monday night, residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity.
Say what? You’d better issue a lot of $20 tickets to pay for the lawsuit that’s coming your way.
And what is profane? Could people say, “I smashed a bunny rabbit into bloody bits with a sledge hammer and laughed my heiny off?” That’s pretty profane in my eyes. If they could say something like that in public but not, “fuck” then these people have some really fucked up priorities.
Officials insist the proposal was not intended to censor casual or private conversations, but instead to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks.
I’m really happy about it,” Mimi Duphily, a store owner and former town selectwoman, said after the vote. “I’m sure there’s going to be some fallout, but I think what we did was necessary.”
You do not get off the hook for only censoring people sometimes, like when their speech is really offensive. It is precisely for that kind of speech that the first amendment was invented. Nobody needs protection for inoffensive speech.
If they’re getting loud and causing a disturbance in public, then you get them for causing a disturbance. If using naughty words is just offending people then what you did was place someone’s sense of propriety over someone else’s right to say what they please. That’s simply wrong. You have the right to be offended. You do not have the right to control what other people say.
Fuck the residents of Middleborough who voted in favor of this measure.