The Massachusetts town of Middleborough voted for a law that puts a $20 fine on swearing in public. This law was passed because the town decided they were sick of profane language from “teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks”. The ACLU of MA believes this is a violation of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
Sadly enough, this reminds me of the silly dystopian future of The Demolition Man film, where machines installed in the walls of homes and public places spit out tickets for swearing. Even if it is rude to swear in public, it seems really crazy to start stripping away the rights of others to avoid being offended. Sometimes I think some of the folks that cook up laws like this, and the supporters of such legislation, should ship off to the People’s Republic of China if they are such big fans of government-controlled speech.