Ah, Arizona. Whenever I worry that Montana had the most embarrassing legislature, I can always turn to your arid lands and addled law enforcement to remind myself that it could be worse.
It seems that five Senators in Arizona have crafted a bill which would make it a fireable offense for a teacher or college professor to engage “in speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the Federal Communications Commission concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio.”
Ignoring that this poorly-crafted unconstitutional mess of a bill would make it possible to fire a teacher for saying a naughty word in the privacy of her own home, as written, it would make it impossible for her to go to the bathroom, bathe, or have sex. Now I know conservatives want to control the sex lives of every American they can, but this seems to go just a step too far.
Once in awhile, great literature offends our sensibilities and our sense of decorum. Occasionally, it even uses some salty language to accomplish that goal. For legislators to seriously argue for censoring Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Morrison, Salinger, Chaucer, to name just a few, is the real obscenity.
Of course, now that I’ve posted this, I assume Wendy Warburton will start drafting a bill for her Home Guard to enforce a similar law here.