The Nashville numskull club, 'aka'... the state legislature, has once again hitched the team to the political correctness buggy and headed out down the path of unconstitutional ignorance. A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to "transmit or display an image" online that is likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" to someone who sees it, regardless if they were the intended recipient or not. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to a $2500 fine.
Well, isn`t this cute! Can you say "broad", how about "far reaching", or "all encompassing", or better yet UNCONSTITUTIONAL! That`s right...you better can those pictures of grandma with her dentures out, off of your facebook page, before someone is "offended" and reports you. Those pictures of Jesus - they gotta go, no atheist will dare tolerate such "offensive" images that cause them so much "emotional distress". How about those silly cartoons of Mohammad on your hard drive - that is certain jail time there buddy! The list is never ending as is the blatant stupidity this bill represents.
Just when you thought no one could possibly out do the madness emanating from Washington, along comes this jewel from the music city marathon of incompetence known as the state house in Nashville, kind of a mad hatters club with a twang that does a cozy two-step with lobbyist and special interest. Last week they passed this "act of kindness" for the powers that be in the music industry that has far reaching teeth that can criminalize the most mundane and innocent of sharing so much as a netflix account of your friends or relatives.
Here is a good article detailing the newest piece of legislation that our "dear leaders" have presented to the people of Tennessee to protect us from those evil offensive images that litter the internet. And we only thought the road kill bill was an embarrassment!