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I Choose Hell Productions

Posted by tothewire on February 19, 2009

Man Sues Pennsylvania for Rejecting Business Name


A Pennsylvania filmmaker sued the state on Wednesday for turning down his business’s name, I Choose Hell Productions, because state law prohibits names that “constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord’s name.”

The filmmaker, George Kalman, contends his free speech rights were violated, as was his right to freedom against the establishment of religion.

“It struck me when I saw it that the statute seemed like it was from another era,” said Thomas H. Lee II, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is handling Mr. Kalman’s lawsuit, which was filed in Federal District Court in Philadelphia.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State said it had not been served papers and had no comment.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Kalman, who referred questions to Mr. Lee, picked the name “because of his personal philosophy, expressed in his films, that it is better to struggle through difficult times in life than to commit suicide.”

The lawsuit requests undetermined damages and use of the name he first submitted.

When the original name was turned down by the Corporation Bureau of the Department of State on Oct. 1, 2007, Mr. Kalman, eager to start his company, resubmitted the application with the name changed to ICH Productions, LLC, and it was quickly approved.

The suit contends that the statute is unconstitutional because the state relied on a religious standard to reject Mr. Kalman’s business name and because an employee was allowed to refuse a business name that offended him or her.

Even if the state asserts that the name was rejected because it violated the prohibition of “profane cursing or swearing,” Mr. Lee contends it would still be a constitutional violation.

“As far as we’re concerned, this goes beyond just using dirty words,” he said.




12 Responses to “I Choose Hell Productions”

  1. fadingad said

    You would be surprised. We have a house in the Poconos and once while looking for properties, some potential “next-door neighbors” were being friendly and asked what I did for a living. I told them I am a teacher. They said that “That was God’s work.” I said that not even She would do it. Blank stares. “What do you teach?” I said Science (capital S). “Oh my, you don’t believe in evolution do you?” I said I didn’t “believe in” anything. I do believe that the theories of evolution have proven to be correct, especially since we have been able to look into the DNA records. The woman said she didn’t believe in Science. Just then her cellphone rang and she said she wasn’t going to answer it. I told her “Why should you answer something that was created from the theories of Einstein?” Microwaves, CDs, DVDs all are based on the “theories” she rejects. But she still benefits from these theories.

    So when a bible thumper tells you “You can’t pick and choose!” tell them neither can they.


  2. Lawman2 said

    so true! love that frank!


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  4. Hey Marshal: the cavalry have arrived!


  5. Lawman2 said

    i do god’s work too you know,just not sure which god…

    betty!is impact really not a verb? prove it
    one crown plus another = 2? can you explain that to me?
    remind you of anyone?lol

    i love you kay!gotta get my jabs in early today!


  6. tothewire said

    @ Lawman One word for you NERD

    Impact is a transitive or intransitive verb.

    noun. example: a significant or major effect: impact of science on our society


  7. Lawman2 said

    can you prove it? tothewire, if you can’t prove it,then maybe you should change what you believe and join me on my “god hates grammar” campaign!


  8. tothewire said

    You were just hoping someone would take a bite, weren’t you?

    Where has Kay been anyway? Maybe she loves you, maybe not. The way you two slam on each other, just leaves a bad taste in my mouth! BUT if you two enjoy it, who am I to discourage?


  9. Lawman2 said

    prove it


  10. Lawman2 said

    i think impact is a verb and it doesn’t matter what you “claim” transitive or intransitive who cares!


  11. Well alright it is a verb, but one that means to push crush or fix firmly into, as in impacted wisdom teeth. It does not mean to strike or even to have an impact on and it does not mean to affect, which it has taken over from for no reason at all I can see except that it is much uglier, and so more attractive to the language-manglers.
    But now everyone seems to use it their way all the time. Sigh.
    Lazy language leads to lazy thinking.


  12. Lawman2 said

    told ya so!

    i’m a caveman, how do you think i could possibly be?! lol but hell the wheel invention is pretty damn cool! huh?


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