What the Courts REALLY Say About Strip Clubs…

According to a quote on Mister Family’s blog, “According to the Surpreme Court, it is well documented that sexually oriented businesses also invite crime into our communities.”  Really?  Well, let’s take a look at what the Supreme Court ACTUALLY says about strip clubs…

In US v. Playboy Entertainment Group (2000), Justice Kennedy wrote that the, “history of the law of free expression is one of vindication in cases involving speech that many citizens may find shabby, offensive, or even ugly.”

In the case of Adams Theatre Co. v. Keenan (1957), the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing a theatre to be opened, even though it intended to show adult movies.  The local city government had tried to prevent the theatre for opening.  The court wrote, “The standard ‘lewd and indecent’ is amorphous.  There is ever present, too, the danger that censorship upon that ground is merely the expression of the censor’s own highly subjective view of morality unreasonably deviating from common notions of what is lewd and indecent, or may be a screen for reasons unrelated to moral standards.”

In a famous 1967 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that exotic dancing is a form of art, and as such, is protected under the First Amendment from assholes and “Mister Family” types who want to ban it.  In their decision in In re Giannini (1967), the Court found nude dancing, no matter how “vulgar” it may appear, communicates a message to the audience and is a form of art.  This message and art form, which I enjoy to no end, is PROTECTED SPEECH.  I wonder why Mister Family, the brilliant expert of law and Supreme Court quotes that he is, never mentions this on his website?

In 1981, a New Jersey town tried to ban all types of nude dancing.  The owner of an adult entertainment establishment took their dumb asses to court, and the case eventually made it to the US Supreme Court in Schad v. Borough of Mount Ephraim (1981).  The court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.  The court, in its decision, also wrote that towns and cities can’t just pass laws to shut down strip clubs, adult bookstores, and other types of fun places.  To quote the Court, “nude dancing is not without its First Amendment protections from official regulation.”  This case, which is one of my favorites, established the standard that local governments can zone adult businesses, but they can not ban them.  Suck on that one, Mister Family.

The point to all of this is that, once again, Mister Family is trying to mislead everyone.  The US Supreme Court, as I have just pointed out, has REPEATEDLY stepped in to PROTECT ADULT BUSINESSES.  This is further proof that you simply can not believe anything that “Mister Family” tells you.  He is a liar and a coward.  People, never trust anyone who has a problem with hot, naked, dancing girls.

-CHEek
dan@sockpuppetsfromhell.com

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