Massachusetts’ town imposes fine on public swearingJune 13th, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Middleborough, June 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Middleborough is a Massachusetts town of approximately 20,000 residents, famous for its rich cranberry bogs. The residents of this town have now decided to fine those who address others using profanity-laden or obscene language.
A proposal from the town’s police chief Bruce Gates to impose a $20 fine to those who swear in public was approved at a meeting last Monday night, where residents voted 183-50 in favor of the idea.
The town’s law enforcement authorities have insisted that the proposal does not intend to censor or control any casual or private conversations. The fines will attempt to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by some of Middleborough’s youngest inhabitants.
Although the move has been supported by most of the town’s inhabitants, who have expressed their happiness at the outcome of the vote, many others feel ambivalence over the proposal.
Matthew Segal, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, has criticized the decision taken by the majority of Middleborough’s population stated that the Supreme Court decided that the US authorities cannot ban any kind of public speech just because it contains obscene language or profanity.
- `Delhi Belly' still quarantined in Nepal - Jul 05, 2011
- 'Delhi Belly' finally gets clean chit in Nepal - Jul 06, 2011
- 'Delhi Belly' back on Nepal screens, minus some expletives (Lead) - Jul 06, 2011
- Kids swear as soon as they learn to speak - Sep 25, 2010
- Bestselling teen novels bristle with swear words - May 18, 2012
- Aamir Khan goes bold with 'Delhi Belly' (IANS Preview) - Jun 28, 2011
- Mayor of Castellammare di Stabia Proposes Miniskirt Ban - Oct 25, 2010
- 'Gangs Of Wasseypur - Part 2' - more fast-paced, furious violence (IANS Movie Review) - Aug 09, 2012
- Cities named 'Dull' and 'Boring' also set to pair up - Jun 06, 2012
- Goldman Sachs bans traders from swearing in emails - Jul 30, 2010
- 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' - a romp into raw, rugged heartland (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ****) - Jun 22, 2012
- Satellite images reveal where people swear the most! - Jan 25, 2011
- Profanity in visual media spurs teen aggression - Oct 17, 2011
- No One Killed Jessica: Rani's Middle Finger Act Invites Censor's Wrath - Nov 26, 2010
- Case against 'Dum Maaro Dum' for indecency - Apr 18, 2011
Tags: ambivalence, american civil liberties, american civil liberties union, bruce gates, civil liberties union, cranberry bogs, happiness, inhabitants, last monday, law enforcement authorities, legal director, massachusetts town, monday night, obscene language, police chief, private conversations, profanity, proposal, public speech, supreme court