Florida Town Wants To Outlaw Bad Words
Neptune Beach wants to make it illegal to use profanity in public.
“There’s no place for that kind of stuff in a public forum,” beach-goer Ken Meadows said.
Neptune Beach Police Chief David Sembach doesn’t think so either. That’s why he’s pushing for several new ordinances, including obstructing public passage ways and public profanity. If the words lead to a fight and an officer witnesses it, you can be cited.
“They can curse all they want. That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court says. They just can incite another person to violence,” Sembach explained…
The Mayor of Neptune Beach tells Action News she does not support the profanity ordinance, and believes it would be hard to enforce.
Gradivus May 16th, 2014 at 9:04 pm
Localities putting “time and place” restrictions on intemperate language and profanity is nothing new. Those standards change as society does, and there’s always a back-and-forth as to where to draw the line.
What is relatively new are the ever-growing “speech codes” on campuses and elsewhere by neoliberals who are creating an ever-growing list of politically incorrect words that people must not utter if they know what’s good for them, words like “bossy” and “man-up”—not to mention the other many “insensitive” words that might offend people.
The leftist strategy of proscribing (disallowing) certain words is an example of Orwellian Newspeak. By outlawing certain words, one can eliminate opposing arguments because the words necessary to make those arguments can no longer be used in the public discourse. For example, it becomes impossible for anyone to argue that you are being bossy, if anyone who uses the word “bossy” is identified as a bad person using an impermissible word.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”
– George Orwell, “1984”
Budda May 16th, 2014 at 9:20 pm
Freedom of speech?
fahvel May 17th, 2014 at 3:09 am
like in the movies when a cop has the culprit and say, “on your knees m’fkr!” Now they have to say please. Putain de merde!!!!!!!!!!!