Friday, June 03, 2005

God--bless them...

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."


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