By William R. Toler
WARNING: In the spirit of free speech, this post is completely uncensored.
A recent decision by a Massachusetts town to fine foul language has spurred a massive, planned showing of civil disobedience.
Liberty activist Adam Kokesh announced on his online show “ADAM VS THE MAN” that he would be hosting the event Free FUCKING Speech Demonstration in Middleborough, MA. The profanity party is scheduled to take place at the Middleborough Town Hall June 25. The same town hall where residents voted 183-50 to impose a $20 fine on cussing in public, according to the AP .
“It’s 2012 and we haven’t figured out that being offended is fucking bullshit,” Kokesh queried. “That being offended by words is a way of emotionally bullying people into controlling their behavior? We still have to say, ‘Fuck censorship?’ You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me!”
He also payed homage to the late George Carlin by repeating the 7 words you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker motherfucker and tits.
The town decriminalized public profanity, which had been a bylaw on the books since the late 60s, but made it a citable offense. It is at the discretion of police officers to ticket violaters of the bullshit ban. So if you don’t want to have to pay a fine…don’t fuck up.
“I’m really happy about it,” said store-owner Mimi Duphily. “I’m sure there’s going to be some fallout, but I think what we did was necessary.”
“There’s gonna be some fuckin’ fallout alright,” Kokesh retorted as he read the article on his show.
Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, told the Wall Street Journal prior to passage that it is difficult to legislate against profanity and that most cursing is constitutionally protected. He also said the Middleborough restriction seems too vauge.
However, there is provision set by First Amendment case law where speech can be regulated if it were to incite violence: the so-called “Fighting Words Doctrine.” You can legally say, “I’m fucked up.” But if you scream at someone across the street, “I’m gonna fuck you up,” then you’re in trouble.
So, will the protesters be fucked with fines, or will they make a damn difference? We’ll keep you updated.
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