Thursday, February 26, 2009

An international First Amendment

A response to the travails of Geert Wilders and others, the International Free Press Society is launching an initiative for an 'international First Amendment' tomorrow in Washington, DC.

Throughout Europe, hate speech restrictions are being used - not to silence Islamists spewing hatred of Christians, Jews, democracy and anything Western - but to silence people who want to draw attention to what the Islamists are saying. Such a global campaign would push back against the efforts of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to impose Islamic blasphemy laws on the rest of the world. (Thanks to CNS News.) It would also strengthen First Amendment protections in the United States - and, if only in theory, offer an alternative to the many people through the Muslim world who suffer from free speech restrictions.

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