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Judge Rules On Whether Giving The Middle-Finger Is ‘God-Given Right’

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Audience members put their index finger up to symbolize America First while President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America Rally to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices in the state of Ohio at the Covelli Centre on September 17, 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio. Republican Senate candidate JD Vance and Rep. Jim Jordan(R-OH) will spoke to supporters along with Former President Trump.(Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • A judge in Canada expressed outrage after a man was arrested on the grounds of “criminal harassment” for making a rude gesture in public.
  • A feud between neighboring families became an internationally known court case when a Canadian man was arrested for making a pair of middle finger gestures toward his neighbor.
  • “Police arrested [Neall Epstein,] a 45-year-old teacher, on May 18, 2021, as he returned home from a walk. Earlier in the day, he had run into a neighbour — Michael Naccache — who lived on the same Beaconsfield, Que., street and with whom he had previous conflicts,” the CBC reported.
  • “Naccache, 34, swore at Epstein and threatened him while holding a power tool “in a menacing way,” the judge found. Epstein replied with two middle fingers and continued walking.”
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