Friday, February 10, 2006

Don't Apologize for Freedom

As usual, the regular citizens of the West have it mostly right about the cartoon wars, and our governments have it wrong. Joe Sixpack on the street knows the Islamist's threats must be stood up to and defeated, but our elected officals haven't gotten the memo. For the sake of tolerating the intolerant, the Declaration of Independence has been change from "all men are created equal" to Animal Farm's "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Freedom of expression was a quaint old idea. The EU, Vatican, and US governments are in a race to see who can vote speech codes into law. Sweden shut dow a website showing the cartoons. In Canada, a university had the police sieze the student newspaper that contained them.
And all throught the West, the stench of fear and pissed government official's pants wafts through the air. That my friends is the stench of the death of our freedom.

6 Comments:

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Chas,

US government in a race to see who can vote speech codes into law.

Can you give me a reference to the proposed law in the House or Senate? As you know, I'm quite fond of H.Res.635, but that's a different subject.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Alan. as far as the US is concerned, it's more PC speech codes and intimidation. Europe though is going bonkers.

 
At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Frank O'Dwyer said...

Chas,

Any references for the EU proposals? Do you mean freedom of speech restrictions are being attempted at an EU level?

The only one I'm aware of is the attempt in the UK.

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Frank, The Sunday Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/09/ncart109.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/02/09/ixnewstop.html

 
At 4:53 AM, Anonymous Frank O'Dwyer said...

Thanks Chas. Depressing stuff but at least it is not a legal instrument.

Any such attempt would I hope have to explain how it is compatible with the ECHR, which states:

"Article 11
Freedom of expression and information
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions
and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless
of frontiers.
2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected."

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Alison said...

Hello

The article you mention was also picked up on the Telegraph blog and challenged by the EU chappie (whose name escapes me now). Did you read it? Ill try and find the link.

 

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