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Activist judge appointed by Trump upholds Ocean City’s illegal ban on nudity

Baltimore — A three judge panel on Wednesday, August 4, upheld a constitution-violating ban on public nudity that Ocean City, Md. passed in June 2017.

However, the words of the judge who wrote the opinion is improperly used on its face.

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Ranking each state’s respect for the Constitution

It is the first full day of summer. However, if you’re looking for freedom and respect for your constitutional rights, you need to escape the South for the most part.

That’s because three of the five states that show the most contempt for the Constitution are in the South: Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina. The only three Southern states that rank in the top half of the nation (Top 25) are: Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

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Three more states legalize public nudity, Utah is the 49th to Free the Nipple after Tenth Circuit Court ruling

Denver, Colo. — Utah, the most conservative and most Mormon state in the union, Oklahoma and New Mexico have beaten out four states when it comes to your Constitutional right to be naked in public. It is all thanks to a federal court ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

Tenth Circuit Court issues watershed ruling favoring nudity rights in tossing Fort Collins’s nudity ban in the trash can

Denver, Colo. — The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Constitution in throwing the City of Fort Collins’s ordinance banning public nudity in the trash can on Friday.

The ruling was 2-1, with Judges Gregory Phillips and Mary Beck Briscoe voting to strike down the entire ordinance rather than strike down the part of that bans women from being topless in public.

“Laws grounded in stereotypes about the way women are serve no important governmental interest,” wrote Judge Phillips in a 27-page opinion.

Phillips took a extremely dim view of Fort Collins’s concerns that public nudity posed a danger to children and might distract drivers into crashing. Boulder, located between Fort Collins and Denver, is the only other Colorado municipality that has a public nudity ban on the books. Public nudity is legal in the socially conservative city of Colorado Springs.

“The need to protect children arises, instead, from the city’s fear of topless women parading in front of elementary schools, or swimming topless in the public pool — scenarios that it described to the court,” continued Phillips. “But laws in the neighboring cities of Boulder and Denver, and in many other jurisdictions, allow female toplessness and the city presented no evidence of any harmful fallout.”

Enacted in late 2017 despite the fact that it is blatantly unconstitutional, Fort Collins’ public nudity ban threatens to levy a fine up to $2,650 or a 180-day jail sentence against offenders who “knowingly appear in any public place in a nude state or state of undress such that the genitals or buttocks of either sex or the breast or breasts of a female are exposed.”

The plaintiffs in this case are Brittiany Hoagland and Samantha Six of Free the Nipple-Fort Collins Chapter. They filed a lawsuit almost immediately after Fort Collins passed Ordinance 134 in late 2017.

The case may be headed to the Supreme Court due to the fact that a three judge panel in the Seventh Circuit nearly twelve months ago ruled Chicago’s public nudity ban as constitutional, despite the fact that it mirrored Fort Collins’s ordinance.

“Plaintiffs believe that this is a HUGE victory for women’s rights and is cause for great celebration,” wrote David Lane, the attorney for Free the Nipple, in a press release.

Read the 27-page majority opinion here.

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Time to Delete Tumblr: Tumblr burns its community to the ground – bans nudity, LGBTQIA content

Basking Ridge, N.J. — Tumblr has decided that having an iOS app was more important than having a community of long time users and supporters.

Today, the social media site is banning all forms of nudity and is razing its LGBTQIA community to the ground.

Kitty Stryker wrote all about it for Vice:

No site should allow child porn, obviously. But thousands of sites manage to effectively moderate to keep their platforms free of child porn, while allowing adult content more broadly. After being removed from the App Store but before making the announcement that it would ban all adult content, Tumblr began to purge some adult and NSFW artists from the site.

Monday, Tumblr announced it would ban adult content altogether. In a blog post, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio wrote that “there are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content.”

But there are fewer and fewer mainstream sites and services that support porn and adult content, and much of that attitude has grown out of Apple’s strict controls over the App Store and the iOS ecosystem. Steve Jobs famously suggested that “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone,” and Apple has repeatedly leveraged its unprecedented power over millions of smartphones to sanitize the apps that are available on iPhones. Apple does not allow apps “that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic.” In 2016, Apple famously deleted all third-party Reddit apps that allowed users to toggle NSFW posts on and off; even now, it is impossible to access porn on an iOS Reddit app unless you jump through various hoops.

She continues on that Tumblr was the one place where “we could find porn that represents us, made by indie performers who created their own content outside of an often racist, transmisogynist, fatphobic industry. Tumblr was where our content could exist without pushing us into the restrictions of a misogynist, male dominated workplace.”

She adds that Tumblr was a place where sex education could be freely discussed without attacking marginalized communities, such as the kink, asexual and poly communities.

“I’d be shocked if, since this depends on user reports, this doesn’t disproportionately affect users who are not white, cis, able bodied, slender, and feminine,” said Mrs. Stryker. “It’s a huge loss from an identity affirming perspective, from an educational perspective, from a feminist erotica perspective.”

In short, Tumblr is using child porn as an excuse to ban all forms of nudity, adult and LGBTQIA content.

Tumblr still will allow Nazis on the site, though.

“It’s hilarious how they’ll ban anything even remotely adult, given it’s part of what made their platform initially popular, but they can’t handle actual hate speech, the pearl clutching ‘think of the children’ crusaders who attack anyone they deem ‘wrong’, or Nazi bullshit,” Abigail Sin, who uses Tumblr for NSFW fandom blogs as well as her own sex work, told Motherboard in a Twitter message. “By hilarious I mean ridiculous. There are fan artists who stopped creating because of the shit they’ve been put through there—everything from rape threats and death threats to character assassination.”

It is time to uninstall the Tumblr app, folks.

Nudists are angry — and rightfully so — at postal worker’s bigotry and refusal to deliver important medicines and packages inside community

Hudson, Fla. — Nudists are used to be persecuted and discriminated against by citizens and private entities all the time.

But what makes this different is that it is a group of workers getting government funding that is engaging in blatant discrimination and blatant persecution.

The mailwoman WFLA News Channel 8 describes refuses to do the job as prescribed in her description because she hates nudists and hates being naked. Read the rest of this entry »

Rather than call for a ban on assault weapons, Florida pastor Mark Boykin wants to stop a beach from being clothing optional

Boca Raton, Fla. — One would think that after a school massacre on Lupercalia (in their home county nonetheless), that pastors in Palm Beach County would finally have their priorities straight.

That is not the case with Pastor Mark Boykin.

Instead of being angry at guns, which killed 17 people alone at Marjory Douglas High in Parkland on that very day, Boykin has reserved his anger for something that has never, ever harmed one person: nudity.

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Ocean City sued for illegal ban on public nudity

Ocean City, Md. — It was only a matter of time before a Maryland city was hauled into court for the shenanigans that led to the municipality to pass an illegal ordinance that forbade public nudity on June 10, 2017.

Chelsea Eline, of Salisbury, who previously used the pseudonym Covington in interactions with local officials and with Delmarvanow.com; Rose MacGregor, of Salisbury; Megan Bryant, of Anne Arundel; Christine Coleman, of Long Island; and Angela Urban, of Pittsburgh, filed a suit in US District Court that claims Ocean City’s emergency ordinance is unconstitutional. Tuesday’s filing in court makes Ms. Eline’s real name public.

The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the ordinance violates five different federal and state laws, including the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Rights to the Maryland Constitution.

“This lawsuit is about confirming the legal right of women to be bare-chested, in public, in the same places that men are permitted to be bare-chested, for purposes other than breastfeeding,” the lawsuit reads.

It claims that gender classification does not further government interest, but increases the idea that women are viewed as “inherently sexual objects”, and is tantamount to blatant sexual discrimination.

The defendants named in the suit include the town; Mayor Rick Meehan; Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald, who oversees the beach patrol; and police Chief Ross Buzzuro.

Here’s to hoping that the quartet of women are successful in undoing every last letter of this illegal emergency ordinance.

Sarah Silverman wants to #NormalizeNudity

Los Angeles — Comedienne Sarah Silverman kicked off her Hulu show I Love You, America with full frontal nudity.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Silverman said what needed to be said: We need some real-life nudity in public places.

“When someone pitched the picture-the-audience-naked concept, I went, ‘Ugh, that’s so trite. You thought of that because you’ve seen it before on television,'” explained Ms. Silverman after the taping. “So we just leaned into that trope and made it into something totally, in my opinion, original.” And after all, this is a streaming service, not some broadcast network with strict standards and practices limits. “I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we are on a network where we can see nudity, clinical nudity.”

But that’s not the only reason Ms. Silverman had for filming the pair – a man named Scott and a woman named Stella – naked. She hopes to normalize nudity and told the cameraperson to pan down to the duo’s genitals. “It’s totally nonsexual nudity and yet it’s so jarring to see because we’re not used to it, especially in America. So I just got excited about showing clinical nudity — you know, a flaccid penis and balls and pubes and a vagina and just human, fleshy, beautiful bodies,” she said. “All it takes is exposure to be used to things.”

And that is precisely what the host hopes to give viewers in the decet of episodes in I Love You, America, so that the viewers are educated and change their thinking around nudity. “So much of closed-mindedness, hatred, intolerance is just a lack of exposure.” she continues, noting that oftentimes people who are more progressive tend to move to the coasts (i.e. Los Angeles or New York.) “And that leaves all the places we come from — New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska — left without being exposed to different people.”

In the episodes that aired thus far, she visited a parish in Louisiana where a conservative family had never previously met a Jewish person. Also, Ms. Silverman sat down with a former member of Westboro Baptist Church.

TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL is the only word needed to describe Ocean City’s emergency public nudity ban

Ocean City, Md. — The Ocean City government thought it would be a good idea to call an emergency session to infringe on the US Constitution.

In a lame attempt to cover their behinds, the town placed language in the ordinance claiming that “there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity”.

That argument will not fly in the Fourth Circuit as the 24-hour old ordinance violates four separate state and federal laws and amendments:

  1. A 2002 state law in Maryland not only repealed the state ban on public nudity, it also preempted all local ordinances that banned public nudity too. That means that as long as Ocean City is a part of Maryland, they are not allowed to prohibit public nudity. State law is unambiguous here.
  2. The exemption that allows for breastfeeding in public violates Article 46 of the state’s Constitution. It states:

    Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex (added by Chapter 366, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972. Amended by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).

    Again, for those who have difficulty comprehending: the breastfeeding exemption alone violates this Article. Add in the fact that this ordinance will not apply to topless men and you have a second violation of the Article.

  3. The ordinance violates the Free Exercise and Religious Freedom clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In recent years, federal courts have ruled that public nudity is protected speech, even with the O’Brien Test that was adopted in 1968. Public Nudity is also a religious freedom issue as covered in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that came about after several Supreme Court rulings – Barnes being among them – that the federal government felt infringed on religious liberty. So, simply saying that there is no constitutional right to be naked in public may slide by with out of touch judicial activists, but such claims no longer cut it with the strict constructionalists former President Barack Obama appointed to the Fourth Circuit.
  4. This ordinance violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. As explained in #2, men are not required to cover up and breastfeeding is still allowed in the town.

As female nudity rights advocate Chelsea Covington put it, Ocean City believes they can violate the Constitution at will.

“Ocean City seems to feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, but a high court will decide,” she said.

Indeed. We will support Ms. Covington as she prepares her lawsuit against Ocean City. We expect that the town will be served wth the lawsuit first thing Monday morning.

Anti-Constitution blog Washington Free Beacon posts disgusting gymnophobic attack on Rob Quist. Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing Quist as a result.

GOP Hates the US Constitution

Helena — The anti-Constitution, anti-liberty, anti-freedom thugs called the Republican Party have stooped to an unprecedented low in the Montana special election.

They, along with the notorious anti-Constitution blog Washington Free Beacon, have smeared Rob Quist for performing at a nudist resort when he was an aspiring country music star. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge slams Fort Collins for discriminatory public nudity ordinance, halts enforcement of the entire ordinance

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Denver, Colo. — A federal judge slammed Fort Collins for enacting a discriminatory public nudity ordinance that also runs afoul of Colorado’s state law, state constitution and Equal Rights Amendment.

District of Colorado Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote the ordinance — which mandates women will not knowingly expose their breasts in public — is rooted in discrimination against women. He did not immediately rule on whether the ordinance, which exempts breastfeeding, violated the freedom of expression clause of the First Amendment or whether the ordinance was also discriminatory against men because it allowed mothers to be “partially nude when nursing” – two of the other claims made in the combined lawsuit.

“Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not,” he wrote in his order. Read the rest of this entry »

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