Viral Publicity Appeal
Note: This has absolutely nothing to do with computer viruses
Here's how viral publicity works: you email as many of your friends and acquaintances as you feel is appropriate, giving our email address, our blogsite address and the address of the online Freedom of Expression petition. And you ask them to forward the mail to everyone else they can think of. And so on.
Very rapidly, vast numbers of people can be reached in this way.
If you are prepared to help, here is a text that, if you want, you could copy and paste into your email. Otherwise, make up your own wording.
Hi,It would be a great help if you let us know if you have done this, so we can measure results.
I am supporting the campaign for freedom of expression, which is holding a rally in Trafalgar Square on March 25th 2006. They have a website at http://marchforfreeexpression.blogspot.com and their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The statement of principle for the campaign runs as follows:
"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."
It has been made very clear that this is a march in favour of freedom of expression and not a march against Muslims. Organisations from every part of the political spectrum have offered support, including the Free Muslims Coalition.
If you can, please join the rally on March 25th. Please consider signing the supporting petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/FoE2006/petition.html
And please, if you agree with this campaign, help it by forwarding this mail to as many people as possible.