Under a proposed North Carolina law that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week, women could spend up to six months in jail for exposing a "nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast" for the "purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire."
Indecent exposure laws are nothing new — though people who insist that women's nipples are somehow indecorous while manboobs are acceptable for polite society have a twisted sense of decency — but the impetus for this law is unique…
Tags: First Amendment, North Carolina, State Legislature, Women's Rights
Georgia state Rep. Earnest Smith (D-Can't Take a Joke) found himself the "victim" of a photo manipulation recently when an Atlanta blogger pasted the politician's face onto the body of a male porn star. And instead of taking the compliment, Smith is cosponsoring a House bill to make "obscene" photo manipulations subject to a $1,000 fine:
"No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It's not a First Amendment right," [Smith] said.
First of all, though there are plenty of constitutional limits on free speech, obnoxious Photoshops of politicians have been around much longer than even Photoshop (and Lincoln in a dress is supposed to be a pro-Lincoln cartoon!).
Second, I doubt that's the real Rep. Smith in the blogger's photo. The real life Smith seems to have skin so thin, it's see-through.
Photo via Keen Collection/Getty Images
Tags: Crime, First Amendment, Georgia, State Legislature
According to the self-imposed guidelines of the "We the People" program, the White House has promised to facilitate the exercise of Americans' First Amendment right of petitioning their government for redress by responding to online petitions that have received more than 25,000 signatures.
Yet when the proud citizens of the state of Herp-a-Derp joined citizens of 40 other states in petitioning for secession from the Union, the Obama administration removed this clarion call for freedom from the White House website…
Tags: Barack Obama, First Amendment, Internet
You can't walk down a single block in New York City without hating and being hated by at least a dozen people. I didn't think more hate could fit inside such a bustling metropolis, but I guess there's always a little more room in the city that never sleeps or stops smelling like feces.
According to The New York Times, an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative recently won a federal case stating that New York's MTA was in violation of the First Amendment when it rejected the posting of inflammatory anti-Muslim ads.
So what's in the ads that's so bad that it was deemed unworthy of public display in areas where homeless people go to the bathroom?
New Yorkers will soon encounter another potentially inflammatory rendering of Islam: an advertisement in the transit system that reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man."
It concludes with the words, "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," wedged between two Stars of David.
Tags: First Amendment, Islam, New York