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Feb
2005

New Legislation Would Ban Urban Legends

One of the worst freedom of speech actions is more than a week old but is just catching fire. Anything alleged to be untrue could be claimed to be an "urban legend" by those abusing the law. It was in last weekend's reading list, but I am reposting it here:

New Legislation Would Ban Urban Legends

by Brian Briggs

BBspot

Tuesday, February 8 12:00 AM ET

Washington D.C. – A new law proposed by a bipartisan group of Representatives would outlaw the spread of "urban legends." Representative Simon Heedsmore of West Virginia said, "We cannot allow these frauds to be perpetrated on the American public. If the right urban legend were to be created it could cause a panic which could have dangerous consequences to national security." ... Read more about it at //www.bbspot.com/News/2005/02/ban_urban_legends.html

Disclaimer: If this news item is an "urban legend," it was not yet registered at my favorite UL site...

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