Coming next: Ogden City will pass a law attempting to control the rotation of the Earth.
There’s no denying that gutter mouth disease is sweeping society. But in trying to stop the F-bombs in parks and recreation settings, Ogden City is acting in Big Brother fashion, seeking to control speech. What would be next, citing people who raise their voices above a certain decibel level? Its extension of existing disorderly conduct law to apply to foul mouths is also impractical. Officials would have to either enforce it randomly, thereby making it an abuse in its own right, or bust every crude yokel within hearing and so fill up the courts and, for repeat scofflaws, the jails. The proposed law is vague, too. Who is going to define “abusive, profane or indecent” language?
The city seems to be most concerned about players and parents freaking out at sporting events. There’s no need to try to criminalize such boorishness. Kick people out of events and even the dimmest offenders will eventually get the hint: Behave or you’re out.