Making Words Criminal

More and more words are finding their way onto the list of things one cannot say, unless they want to face criminal penalties, and this is undermining the first amendment protection of free speech.

The origins of political correctness started off well-intentioned. But as they say about good intentions…they pave the way to hell.

Democrat introduces bill to criminalize “b*tch”

There is no group of people more interested in controlling language than the leftists. A far-left Democrat from the Massachusetts legislature, Daniel Hunt, has introduced a bill seeking to criminalize the word “b*tch.”

A statement in his proposed bill reads: “A person who uses the word ‘b*tch’ directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person.”

According to the proposed bill, violators will be charged $150 for a first offense, and $200 or six months in jail for a second offense. Anyone can file a complaint – even a person to whom the word was not directed.

Students recently charged for hate crime over n-word

Two 21-year-old University of Connecticut students were charged for a hate crime after an 11-second video captured them using the n-word as they walked across the parking lot of the student apartment complex.

Three white students were captured in the video, but only two students were charged with the offense, which was “ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race.”

This “word crime” was a misdemeanor charge in the state, where laws dictate that the maximum punishment can range from a small fine to 30 days in jail (or a combination of the two).

While there is no condoning racism, the issue here is more about the judicial punishment of an individual’s speech, which is supposed to be protected by the first amendment.

Speech police = thought police

There’s more than meets the ear when it comes to the policing of language. It’s not just about uttering an offensive word.

Words represent thoughts. And as such, by controlling what people say, we’re controlling what people think. When someone removes our freedom to speak our minds, they are imposing on our freedom to think.

We can have our thoughts, but we must keep them to ourselves. We cannot speak what we truly think.

The whole intention of the First Amendment was to prevent this from happening. But today’s speech police are trying to change things.

Landmark federal case sets a precedent for language policing

A landmark legal case set the foundation for where we are now with the criminalization of words in the policing of language.

A complaint from a radio listener against East Coast station WBAI-FM in 1973 triggered a lawsuit after the radio station played comedian George Carlin’s routine titled, “Filthy Words.”

In 1978, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation, which upheld the FCC’s power to determine language guidelines and limitations by a 5-4 margin.

Justice John Paul Stevens cited the need for regulation over language due to broadcast media’s “uniquely pervasive presence in the lives of all Americans.”