Pennsylvania Says No to Hell

Apparently that Highway doesn't run through Pennsylvania

Apparently that Highway doesn't run through Pennsylvania

George Kalman, a Pennsylvania filmmaker and the owner of “I choose hell productionsfiled suit against the state for rejecting his chosen business name. Apparently Pennsylvania law prohibits business names that “constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord’s name.”

I guess Obama was right about those bitter Pennsyltuckians who cling to their guns and religion. They might want to take a look at the First Amendment there in Harrisburg. They are about to get their asses handed to them.

Of course, the USPTO still clings steadfastly to the rule that “immoral and scandalous” trademarks can’t be registered.

I may write more about this if the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s PACER system ever comes back online. If anyone out there finds a copy of the complaint, I’d love to see it.

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3 Responses to Pennsylvania Says No to Hell

  1. reader says:

    complaint is on ACLU PA’s website

  2. PhillyChief says:

    The link’s not working, but I’ve heard this tale before. Seriously, isn’t this essentially a blasphemy law? When are these people going to learn? This is why elected officials, if they’re going to swear on anything, should be swearing on the US constitution and not Christian bibles.

  3. Remind me again why it is we have idiots putatively running everything? It’s like the 7 no-no words on TV — okay for cable, but not for the public airwaves. Please, spare me. I don’t want my 7 year old subjected to porn, swearing, violence, or idiocy any more than the next parent does, but it’s not as though the artificial culling of a few words from the lexicon actually furthers any moral agenda. It just makes people find creative ways to get around the prohibitions (see, e.g. Prohibition). I’m firmly convinced (or would like to think so) that if we just let Congress and the regulators take a year off — “Sorry guys, no new legislation, no new regulations, why don’t you go fishing?” — that the sky would not fall.

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