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Chip R
06-02-2005, 03:14 PM
Oh, those crazy Dutch.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=583&e=1&u=/nm/20050602/od_nm/dutch_ban_dc


Bible-belt town bans blasphemy

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The name of the Lord may no longer be taken in vain in the Dutch village of Staphorst.

Staphorst, in the so-called Dutch "bible belt" of eastern towns where religion holds sway, approved a ban on swearing by 13-4 council votes.

But the caveat that swearing is not banned when it is an expression of the constitutional freedom of speech may make it difficult to punish offenders.

"A ban on swearing can be seen as a signal," the council's proposal said, adding a change in moral values was needed to address the underlying problem.

Past swearing bans in bible-belt villages were declared in violation of the right to free expression in 1986. One other town has such a ban -- Reimerswaal, in the southwestern province of Zeeland.

The Dutch association against swearing, which runs national billboard campaigns to admonish the bad-mouthed Dutch, says the Bible outlaws swearing.

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain," it quotes Exodus 20:7.

Blimpie
06-02-2005, 03:22 PM
First, they vote to nuke the EU Constitution...now this! Lord...:rant2: #$*@

traderumor
06-02-2005, 03:32 PM
I'm sure that is the only commandment being broken in that little burg :rolleyes:

RedFanAlways1966
06-02-2005, 04:16 PM
Sounds like a good "final Seinfeld episode"... the gang has to land in the Netherlands, on their way to visit Paris, b/c Kramer falls into the cockpit and messes up some controls. Then theyface a year in jail for cussing on a public street while killing time.

savafan
06-02-2005, 07:42 PM
Whoever determined what should be a swear word anyway?

traderumor
06-02-2005, 08:17 PM
Whoever determined what should be a swear word anyway?The culture

RedFanAlways1966
06-02-2005, 09:55 PM
Whoever determined what should be a swear word anyway?

The hell if I bloody know!?!?!

(best I could do w/ the filter and rep thing!)

BillyBeaneFan
06-02-2005, 10:04 PM
But the caveat that swearing is not banned when it is an expression of the constitutional freedom of speech may make it difficult to punish offenders.

Um...if freedom of speech is constitutionally guaranteed, that how can this statute ever be applied? Color me confused.

guttle11
06-02-2005, 11:37 PM
Oh, those crazy Dutch.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=583&e=1&u=/nm/20050602/od_nm/dutch_ban_dc


Bible-belt town bans blasphemy

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The name of the Lord may no longer be taken in vain in the Dutch village of Staphorst.

Staphorst, in the so-called Dutch "bible belt" of eastern towns where religion holds sway, approved a ban on swearing by 13-4 council votes.

But the caveat that swearing is not banned when it is an expression of the constitutional freedom of speech may make it difficult to punish offenders.

"A ban on swearing can be seen as a signal," the council's proposal said, adding a change in moral values was needed to address the underlying problem.

Past swearing bans in bible-belt villages were declared in violation of the right to free expression in 1986. One other town has such a ban -- Reimerswaal, in the southwestern province of Zeeland.

The Dutch association against swearing, which runs national billboard campaigns to admonish the bad-mouthed Dutch, says the Bible outlaws swearing.

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain," it quotes Exodus 20:7.

screw that town.

Yachtzee
06-02-2005, 11:48 PM
I'm from Holland. Isn't that vierd?

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