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Should People Be Fined for Using Offensive Language? (Brussels Thinks So)

mrosen814 2012/09/06 20:00:00
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In Brussels, Belgium, "any form of insult is from now on [is] punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic or otherwise," Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans' spokesperson quoted him as saying, according to the Telegraph.

So, how much will it cost you to mouth off? Well, fines will range between 75 and 250 euros for using offensive language or sexually harassing someone in public. What do you think about this cursing law? Do you think cursing is something one should be fined for in public?

NEWS.YAHOO.COM reports:
Brussels, Belgium, wants everyone to be nice. And if not, it’s going to cost you.
punishable racist homophobic brussels mayor freddy thielemans spokesperson quoted telegraph

Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/brussels-plans-fine-offensiv...

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  • Tennessee3501 2012/09/08 16:54:53
    No
    Tennessee3501
    +2
    Who determines what constitutes offensive language? The statement "Mitt Romney for President" will certainly offend President Obama' supporters and vice versa. If we fine everybody, who gets the money?
  • mikeyavelli 2012/09/08 16:39:36
    No
    mikeyavelli
    +1
    first amendment covers it, but politeness doesn't. it's disturbing if used as an assault.
  • Mud 2012/09/08 16:32:38
    No
    Mud
    Hell no!
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/09/08 16:13:34
  • les_gvt 2012/09/08 16:01:03 (edited)
    Yes
    les_gvt
    +3
    That way every time you sing Obama's praises, you could donate more of your own money to the IRS
  • Monkey D. Luffy 2012/09/08 15:43:24
    No
    Monkey D. Luffy
    -_-
  • IOWA 2012/09/08 15:07:23
  • danielle 2012/09/08 14:50:16
  • Pm 2012/09/08 14:16:15
    No
    Pm
    +2
    The libs will find anyway method to collect money and control the people.
  • s2k2 Pm 2012/09/08 16:22:10
  • scurvison s2k2 2012/09/08 21:42:34
    scurvison
    +1
    Hence the internet, the cowards way to mouth off w/o an ass whoopin
  • NOva 2012/09/08 13:29:11
    No
    NOva
    We have freedom of speech in this country! If they can tell you what language you can speak then they can tell you what you can and can not do!
  • ☆FritzW☆ 2012/09/08 13:21:19
    No
    ☆FritzW☆
    I'd prefer everyone were respectful of those around them, but at least here in the US we are granted the freedom to speak our minds. If one prefers to lace their conversation with profanities than so be it.. but I have the freedom to choose not to listen and walk away. What's perverse to me is the tying in of using offensive language with sexually harassing someone in public. The two have nothing to do with each other and the harassment should've been a crime already.
    But, we do have to be mindful that this law is in Belgium where the form of government is a 'Parliamentary Democracy under a Constitutional Monarch'. So, they are run by a King who writes a Constitution that's approved by the Parliament? I dunno... it's giving me a headache. :)
  • Rod 2012/09/08 13:18:53
    Yes
    Rod
    +2
    They have a similar law in Ogden, UT. And in Logan, UT "women" are legally prohibited from swearing or using profane language, as well they should be. The Ogden ordinance is new and the Logan ordinance is old.
  • 3359557 Rod 2012/09/08 17:01:55
    3359557
    +1
    Hey, it might not be lady-like, but isn't that a little too far. No wonder OBAMA is using women in this election. Now I understand. Glad I don't live in UT.
  • Jane 3359557 2012/09/08 18:37:45
    Jane
    me too
  • Rod 3359557 2012/09/09 02:08:06
    Rod
    Well, every state has their quirky laws Delaware for instance says that getting married on a dare is against the law is considered grounds for annulment.
    Wearing pants considered “form fitting” around the waist is against the law in Lewes, Delaware.
    It is legal to sell dead people in the state of Delaware but only if you have the proper license.
  • Jane Rod 2012/09/08 18:38:37
    Jane
    What, that can't be true, last I heard Utah was still part of the US.
  • Rod Jane 2012/09/09 02:10:22 (edited)
    Rod
    But it is true, and what does being a part of the US have to do with local laws?

    Even Texas has some quirky laws.

    For instance in Texas it is against the law to walk barefoot unless you have the proper permit. This special permit will set you back $5.
    It is also against the law to carry wire cutters in your back pocket in Austin, Texas.
    Dusting a public building in Clarendon, Texas with a feather duster is prohibited by law.
    It is against the law to possess a realistic looking or feeling dildo in Dallas, Texas.
    It is against the law to raise alligators in your home in Corpus Christie, Texas.
    It is against the law for children to have “unusual” haircuts in Mesquite, Texas.
    Milking another person’s cow is prohibited by law in the state of Texas.
    Obnoxious odors are prohibited by law in an elevator. I think we all know what this one’s talking about.
    If you own a horse and want to ride it at night, you better make sure you fit that horse with a tail light. Failure to do so will be considered breaking the law in Texarkana, Texas.

    Strange but true.
  • Jane Rod 2012/09/09 14:35:21
    Jane
    Oh I see it is one of those stupid old laws that law makers pass just to pass the time.
  • Rod Jane 2012/09/09 15:26:17
    Rod
    +1
    What you said is mostly true, however, the new offensive language ordinances are also true. Interesting to see what some people thought was important or offence in days gone by. Are we still doing things like that today only on a more sophisticated level?
  • Jane Rod 2012/09/09 19:38:57
    Jane
    yep
  • scurvison Rod 2012/09/08 21:44:45
    scurvison
    +1
    I wonder how they collect evidence for this fine. Id turn my jerk of a boss in every chance I got, plus the mayor, the police chief, the sheriff, and probably my in-laws
  • mousegirl 2012/09/08 12:44:48
    No
    mousegirl
    Terrible. Offensive language should be stopped by educating people not punishing them. That rule from Burssels is very dangerous.
  • Rod mousegirl 2012/09/09 15:27:18
    Rod
    There are also ordinances like that in the US.
  • Gregory Kramida 2012/09/08 12:42:25
    No
    Gregory Kramida
    +1
    A verbal insult may cause a civil lawsuit, but it shouldn't be fined. It's along the same line with making "slander" a criminal offence in Russia (they're trying to prohibit citizens from criticizing the government).
  • Deep007 2012/09/08 12:37:15
    Yes
    Deep007
    +1
    Learn a decent vocabulary or Shut The Efffff UP
  • 3359557 Deep007 2012/09/08 17:03:38
    3359557
    +1
    Ok, you so agree??? Well, if OBAMA get's re-elected??? You may get your wish. He will take away alot of our FREEDOM. I guess you don't agree with the constitution. GO FIGURE!
  • Deep007 3359557 2012/09/08 17:16:55
    Deep007
    +1
    If you EVER again come out of yer mouth with ME agreeing with OBUMMER I will track you down and wash out yer lyingmouth with the harshest soap I can find. You getting the point bud.
    I'm a Tea Party man and PROUD
  • scurvison Deep007 2012/09/08 21:47:04
    scurvison
    You tell er ole boy!!
  • Hannie 2012/09/08 12:23:38
  • T 2012/09/08 12:11:55
    No
    T
    As an American, I believe all men are born with an inalienable right to freedom of speech, and freedom of speech is not freedom of speech as long as it isn't offensive.
  • Dave 007 2012/09/08 11:55:48
    No
    Dave 007
    Hell no.
  • Rotten Apples 2012/09/08 11:55:47
    No
    Rotten Apples
    +1
    maybe near churches or hospitals
  • Stiffy 2012/09/08 11:40:43
    No
    Stiffy
    Fined? I don't know about that. But i do know that A LOT of people WOULD be fined if this rule was implemented. I mean you talk to kids nowadays and they know the R-rated things that you know now but which you had no idea about at their age. Sometimes even, they know things that YOU still don't know. It's bizarre and disturbing really. AND have you seen movies nowadays? They're full of R-rated stuff! It's just appalling really because you can't help but think: what next after this extremely high level of disgustingness.
  • Mark 2012/09/08 11:16:35
    Yes
    Mark
    That sort of thing can only be legislated for within a country's border. What is ok and normal in one country is highly offensive in another. For the most part offense is taken rather than given. I could put on here a string of words that are innocent or innocuous in GB, in US (mostly thanks to the homosexual community) they are now considered offensive.
  • scurvison Mark 2012/09/08 21:49:26
    scurvison
    +1
    Like the word FAG? One of my favorite things to say when i drop stuff on my toe, but its usually combined with several other lovely adjectives and racial slurs that cover the entire planets inhabitants
  • rah-rah 2012/09/08 10:43:36
    No
    rah-rah
    Who's gonna be watching if people are cursing by the way?
  • Fluffywolf, eater of chocolate 2012/09/08 10:42:58
    No
    Fluffywolf, eater of chocolate
    This is a stupid law that would go mostly unnoticed. Sigh.... and they say the U.S is full of uptight people. Everyone fokking swears, ESPECIALLY in the U.S.
  • El Prez 2012/09/08 10:32:05
    No
    El Prez
    Waster of time!!

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