Did you catch that small but significant news item from a couple of days ago about the Missouri town of St. Charles where, it appears, they are about to pass a bill that would ban swearing in bars?
It's for real, and the decision about this new bill, which will be made on Monday (Jan 14th), extends beyond just cussing. It also is hoping to outlaw table-dancing, drinking contests and profane music (meaning, I guess, most new popular rap).
Reportedly the St. Charles city officials insist that the bill is "needed" in order to "keep rowdy crowds under control because the historic downtown area gets a little too lively on some nights." Richard Velt,
the St. Charles councilman responsible for this new proposed bill, said that he decided to push it through after hearing numerous complaints about "bad bar behavior."
And he reasons that, if passed, it would allow local police some rules to enforce when things get "too rowdy." (READ: now cops will have even more leeway to abuse their powers). Thankfully some individuals in this town are speaking out. These include restaurant/bar owner Marc Rousseau
who said that it's a violation of a person's rights. On the topic of the music playlist, he said: "We're dealing with adults here once again and I don't think it's the city's job or the government's job to determine what we can and cannot play in our restaurant."
A town meeting to discuss the proposal, which would essentially ban indecent, profane or obscene language, songs, entertainment and literature at bars in St. Charles, is scheduled for this coming Monday January 14th. I bet it will be well attended and publicized. Check back here for any updates.