March for Free Expression

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Statement of Principle

[addendum] We put this in the sidebar, so it's available as the site grows. But this post is being left in place so the comments remain available.[end addendum]

The strength and survival of free society and the advance of human knowledge depend on the free exchange of ideas. All ideas are capable of giving offence, and some of the most powerful ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo and Darwin, have given profound religious offence in their time.

The free exchange of ideas depends on freedom of expression and this includes the right to criticise and mock.

We assert and uphold the right of freedom of expression and call on our elected representatives to do the same.

We abhor the fact that people throughout the world live under mortal threat simply for expressing ideas and we call on our elected representatives to protect them from attack and not to give comfort to the forces of intolerance that besiege them.


Anonymous Paul said...

I am all for responsible freedom of speech ! :)

2:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A demonstration for freedom of speech will take place on 25 february 2005 on the Dam in Amsterdam.

Great initiative!
You are not alone!

If one can't read the Duthc languager, try translating it with Altavista's Babelfish.

5:14 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh... that should be;

25 february 2006.

5:15 pm  
Blogger Ben Powell said...

I stand with you in demanding free speech. I was fortunate to be born in a nation whose constitution has been amended to guarantee free speech. But the current O.I.C. campaign to add censorship to the charter of the Human Rights Council threatens our first amendment. I urge everyone to read, sign and propagate my petition to the U.N., which demands rejection of "hate speech" & "blasphemy" laws. Please send links to your U.N. Ambassador, your MP and your entire address book!

7:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I estimate that Holland is the first continental nation that might get unstable. After this comes Denmark.
Notice, the percentages: Holland: more 20%, Denmark perhaps: 15-18%:
(in English):
Joern, Denmark,

3:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Society of Free Printing:

established with great succes recently has been informed. They take over the initiative for March 25, and I hope you hear from them.

Joern E. Vig, Information of Denmark

1:10 pm  

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