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a statue in Pennsylvania might be locked up
for 2 years for being dumb.
So it was in Pennsylvania recently when one 14 year old kid, decided it would be a Stupendously Brilliant idea to simulate oral sex with a statue of Jesus. (The kid was shirtless, but at least he kept his pants on.)
Then he posted photos of this exploit on Facebook. Just to make everything worse.
What he did was insulting, not funny, and surely infuriating to the religious types out there. I'd punish him. Maybe pick up trash, write a well-researched essay on respecting people's property and religious affiliation, and tell him he's a jerk.
But I wouldn't send him to jail for two year. That seems a wee bit harsh for a stupid moment by a 14 year old. If we sent every 14 year old to jail for being stupid here and there, we'd have to build a LOT more jails.
Yet according to Mother Jones, Pennsylvania wants to lock our 14 year old up in a juvenile detention facility for two years because of his misdeed.
He's charged with, according to Mother Jones "desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes 'defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of person likely to observe or discover the action."
Mother Jones says an organization called Truth Wins Out, an LBGT advocacy organization, says the law is unconstitutional because it violates the establishment clause: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
They're also appealing on free speech grounds.
However, if Congress ever passed a law against being stupid, there'd be a lot of people in jail. Including, a dare say, most members of Congress.