Is Applause Disorderly Conduct?

Applause is disorderly conduct, according to Blount County Commission Chairman Kenneth Melton, unless the applause is a Proclamation for someone that the Commission wants to honor with our tax dollars.  It’s a double standard that is a violation of the 1st amendment.  Only 2 of the 21 Commissioners, Folts and Murrell, voiced their opposition to defining applause as disorderly conduct.  That means that 19 commissioners see no problem with threatening citizens with 30 days in jail for clapping. 

How much clapping took place at the national state of the Union address tonight, for all the hot air blown by politicans?  Imagine being able to give federal congressmen 30 days in jail for clapping for hot air.  Perhaps all those carbon emission from politicans should be outlawed since they blow far more hot air than private citizens. 

TCA 39-17-305. Disorderly conduct. —

 (a)  A person commits an offense who, in a public place and with intent to cause public annoyance or alarm:

      (1)  Engages in fighting or in violent or threatening behavior;

      (2)  Refuses to obey an official order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, hazard or other emergency; or

      (3)  Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose.

 (b)  A person also violates this section who makes unreasonable noise that prevents others from carrying on lawful activities. (c)  A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1.]

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