Charlotte, NC asked in Criminal Law for Kansas

Q: In Kansas City, Kansas, is it illegal to say "George Washington" without saying "blessed be his name" afterwards?

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A: There is an old city ordinance which has not been enforced in Kansas City in a very long time that provides for a fine of fifty cents if you do.

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