The fact that we would even debate whether or not this should be a law illustrates the need for one. There was a time when this type of talk was called "sailor talk" meaning it was only used by a small group of people isolated far from land! Now there seems to be a high disregard for others, Even for the very lives of others. It's all about "me and my rights". As a woman, Mom and just overall a person who is thoughtful of others and my surroundings, I find profanity in public very disturbing and an offshoot of this prevailing culture of arrogance, No respect for others and even death. . . . Its a devaluization of humanity. . . Of self and others in general. Should we make a law? Not sure as how would it be enforced. Should we be able to self regulate and self discipline so that we are careful not to offend others. . . Especially in public? Yes, But sadly the degredation of humanity seems to be snowballing
I am positive that no one truly believes that the 5th Amendment for free speech was written to enable Americans to speak obscenely in public. It is so sad to see people take laws that men died for to strengthen the freedom and integrity of our country and use them to demoralize and tear it down instead. Obscene language is lazy uneducated language. It shows a lack of respect for other people as well as ourselves.
While I understand that individuals should be able to use the words of their choice, I do not think that people should be allowed to use profanity in public. Many parents try to keep their small children from learning "dirty" words, but despite their efforts, their children are exposed to bad language when taken into public places. Using profanity in public places is inappropriate. Honestly, if you cannot express yourself without using bad language, you need to widen your vocabulary.
This goes out to "Using profanity in public is a sign of ignorance" individual. The definition of Ignorant is: lack of knowledge or information. Just because I drop something and say FUCK doesn't mean I have a lack of knowledge. Kids are going to hear profanity off the ridiculous TV shows that you are watching as parents. I get that we should be aware of what we say when we are out. Not because of legality but because we should be respectful of each other. But guess what, shit happens.
What makes a word bad? The fact that we all say it's bad. That's all. There is nothing inherently offensive about a sound made by the mouth, the offense is in the ear that hears it. They're just words. I can say "feces" and it's fine but if I say say the "profane" s-word counterpart it's suddenly naughty. Two words with the exact same definition, but one of those words is "bad." The very concept of profanity is ridiculous. It's a group delusion, a mass psychosis. They're just words.
It is not the governments responsibility to tell people how to live their daily life, especially telling people what words are bad. Like what the previous responses said, a van on using certain words would be outright unconstitutional as a violation of the first amendment. Finally, why should government ban words just because society thinks a word is bad? If someone is not using a word in it's original context, why should it be considered offensive? If I said "I really don't give a crap", even though the statement is harsh, I should not be penalized because I used the word crap.
First amendment: freedom of speech. As simple as that. It's not hurting anyone. If people don't like it, they can stop listening. If the government takes away the freedom of speech, how are we to say they are wrong for doing something if needed. We do not want the government to become so powerful as to control people's minds and thoughts. Then we wouldn't live in a democracy, but rather a dictatorship.
It should not be illegal to use profanity in public.This comes from the American right to free speech no matter how offensive it might be.People need to learn that if other's rights are curtailed theirs are sure to follow if they are not careful at all times.You may not like it but you should allow it.
"bad words" really arnt that bad because if someone says oh fudge we all know what they really mean. These so called vulgar words cant be judged because then you are faced with what is profanity to some people it is acceptable to say crap and to some people the word perfect is vulgar because its expressing something that isn't possible. Making profanity in public illegal is almost the same as telling people how to act in public to some people profanity defines them. And ticketing someone for profanity seems stupid