Picture at the link.
Now, the picture is dumb. But if it's worthy of prosecution, then half of the musical artists I listen to would probably go to prison for producing visual works that would "outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action": Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ministry, Swans, Godflesh, Big Black, Marilyn Manson, you name it. This law could basically outlaw carte blanche a certain type of 'blasphemous' musical genre. It's dangerous and ought to be stricken from the books.EVERETT, Pennsylvania (KRON) — A Pennsylvania teenager is facing criminal charges after posting pictures to Facebook of him simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus.
The young man posted that he took the pictures in late July at the statue of a kneeling Jesus in front of the “Love in the Name of Christ” Christian organization in his hometown of Everett.
The criminal charge, which will be heard in family court, consists of “Desecration of a Venerated Object.”
Pennsylvania law defines desecration as “Defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise, physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.”
The teen, whose name has not been released, could face up to two years in a juvenile jail if convicted.
Also, fundamentalist Christians are easily the most politically correct, 'sensitive' mass interest group in America. Holy ****, cry more.
I wouldn't care if the organization on whose property the statue was pressed trespassing charges on the kid, though even then it'd be kind of petty to do over a picture. But this law is basically a "don't offend the religious sensibility of the majority" law.
Also, it looks like it's possible that the law the teen was charged under was ruled unconstitutional in 2010:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed suit on February 18, 2009, on behalf of George Kalman, a filmmaker who was prevented from incorporating his business under the name of his choice because it violates a Pennsylvania statute that prohibits corporate names containing “words that constitute blasphemy…or that profane the Lord’s name.”
Kalman, a Downingtown resident, is the founder and CEO of a film production company called “I Choose Hell Productions.” In late 2007, Kalman applied to the Pennsylvania Department of State Corporation Bureau for a certificate of organization for his business. His application was rejected because the “entity name may not contain words that constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord’s name,” a direct quote from a Pennsylvania statute.
The statute is unconstitutional because the commonwealth relies on a religious standard to determine if a business name is acceptable or not. It also violates Kalman’s free speech rights by allowing anonymous government officials to refuse business names that offend them.
Kalman says he chose the name of his production company because he believes it expresses his personal philosophy that it is better to struggle through difficult times in life than to commit suicide, even if life is “hell.”
The specific Pennsylvania statue in question is § 1303(c)(2)(ii) of Title 15 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
On June 30, 2010, the court struck down the statute as unconstitutional.