SC bans Vonnegut!

15 01 2009

South Carolina law

Let’s go through it line by hilarity filled, antiConstitutional line.

SECTION    1.    Article 3, Chapter 15, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 16-15-370.    (A)    It is unlawful for a person in a public forum or place of public accommodation wilfully and knowingly to publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature.

This means that either in any public area like, say, a bar, you can be punished for swearing. Well, you’re probably thinking that although that’s obviously unconstitutional, it’s not too bad. Let’s read the next line.

(B)    A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

That’s right. Five years for saying “damn,” “fuck,” “shit,” “ass,” or any other similar word in a bar. Also, notice that it makes it illegal to sell books with swearing in a public place (or even to have them there and give them to someone). So no more Twain or Vonnegut publicly in South Carolina.

SECTION    2.    Article 3, Chapter 15, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 16-15-430.    (A)    It is unlawful for a person to disseminate profanity to a minor if he wilfully and knowingly publishes orally or in writing, exhibits, or otherwise makes available material containing words, language, or actions of profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature.

So this is the same thing, but for minors. It is illegal for a parent to give their child a book with swearing, anywhere in South Carolina.

(B)    A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

…or else they chuck you in prison for 5 years and you get a felony on your record.

I can’t wait to see what the Supreme Court makes of this =)

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