For refusing to remove this harmless bumper sticker, Owens faces the very real possibility of being kidnapped by police and thrown in a cage. This stand by Owens, although it may seem humorous because of the content, is a very real and powerful one.
“The average person applying contemporary community standards would not find that Mr. Owens’ stick-figure cartoon appeals predominantly to the prurient interest in sex. Mr. Owens’ stick-figure cartoon does not depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct as defined by Tennessee law,” the complaint states. “Taken as whole, Mr. Owens’ stick-figure cartoon does not lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”
When police can claim the legal authority to pull someone over and demand money from that person, because of a drawing on a sticker, something is very wrong. When a man is facing the possibility of losing his freedom for a bumper sticker that harms no one, the very notion of the land of the free is seen for the farce that it is.