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?

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

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  • Mrs.B 2012/09/08 17:18:13
    If in front of childern, I thinkwhen your in front of someone else you should use respect not to insult someone elses morals
  • devin.c... Mrs.B 2012/09/12 03:49:56
    Not to insult someone else's morals, huh? How far would take that? I may be having a conversation about abortion which would insult someone's morals, without being lewd, crude, or vulgar. Would you criminalise that? You cannot criminalise "insulting morals". Everybody has a different sense of morals, and no matter what you say about something you're bound to offend somebody.
  • 3359557 2012/09/08 16:57:48
    While I think we should try to be respective of others, being fined for something you say(even if it is unpleasant) ??? We are turning into a 3rd WORLD COUNTY.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/09/08 16:54:53
    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
    first amendment covers it, but politeness doesn't. it's disturbing if used as an assault.
  • Mud 2012/09/08 16:32:38
    Hell no!
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/09/08 16:13:34
  • les_gvt 2012/09/08 16:01:03 (edited)
    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
    Monkey D. Luffy
  • IOWA 2012/09/08 15:07:23
  • danielle 2012/09/08 14:50:16
  • Pm 2012/09/08 14:16:15
    The libs will find anyway method to collect money and control the people.
  • s2k Pm 2012/09/08 16:22:10
  • scurvison s2k 2012/09/08 21:42:34
  • NOva 2012/09/08 13:29:11
    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
    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
    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
    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
    me too
  • Rod 3359557 2012/09/09 02:08:06
    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
    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)
    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
    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
    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
  • scurvison Rod 2012/09/08 21:44:45
  • mousegirl 2012/09/08 12:44:48
    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
    There are also ordinances like that in the US.
  • Gregory Kramida 2012/09/08 12:42:25
    Gregory Kramida
    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
    Learn a decent vocabulary or Shut The Efffff UP
  • 3359557 Deep007 2012/09/08 17:03:38
    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
    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
  • Hannie 2012/09/08 12:23:38
  • T 2012/09/08 12:11:55
    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
    Dave 007
    Hell no.
  • Rotten Apples 2012/09/08 11:55:47
    Rotten Apples
    maybe near churches or hospitals
  • Stiffy 2012/09/08 11:40:43
    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
    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

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