A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania law banning blasphemy from the names of corporations is unconstitutional.
Filmmaker George Kalman of Downington had applied to call his company "I Choose Hell Productions" but was turned down by state officials.
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said Wednesday that the 1977 law violates the First Amendment by leaving it up to the individual religious beliefs of state employees to determine what constitutes blasphemy.
Kalman was allowed to name his company I.C.H. Productions, using the initials of the words he originally proposed.
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