The church has been, and still is, the great robber. She has rifled not only the pockets but the brains of the world. She is the stone at the sepulchre of liberty; the upas tree, in whose shade the intellect of man has withered; the Gorgon beneath whose gaze the human heart has turned to stone. Under her influence even the Protestant mother expects to be happy in heaven, while her brave boy, who fell fighting for the rights of man, shall writhe in hell.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Individuality” (1873)
State Senator Robert Ford is hoping to outlaw lewd language and is pushing for a bill that would prohibit profanity.
Under the pre-filed bill, profanity could land you in jail for up to 5 years and/or cost you up to $5,000 in fines.
Which words are exactly considered profane is still unclear, but the bill does have a list of qualifications for profanity including words or actions that are lewd, vulgar or indecent in nature.
Hmmm, I’m not a constitutional attorney but if I recall there’s something in the Bill of Rights mentioning speech…. let’s see. It might be buried in the back near the classifieds but rest assured, I’m going to search all night to see if I can find it. Let’s start with number 1.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And we’re done.