It should come as no surprise to our fellow crusaders that 2WC is a fan of free speech. Over the past few years we’ve made our opinions known time and time again.
Another one of our other favorite crusades is the expansion of the English vocabulary through means of cutting back on curse words.
Needless to say, the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts has left us stumped.
This small town recently passed an ordinance imposing a $20 swearing fine.
Now don’t panic if you’re planning a summer excursion with your “Cursing Enthusiasts” club to the famed cranberry bogs of Middleborough. Fines will only be enforced on the loud and unruly public profaners. So keep your swearing soliloquys at a nice, even conversational volume, and you’ll be fine.
Of course, this does raise the First Amendment issue. Does prohibiting individuals from harassing their fellow human beings ears with their foul language, violate free speech? Also, what words qualify as official swear words?
Free speech issues aside, this may be a bit of over legislation. After all, you can’t enforce common sense and decency.
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