Tuesday, July 15, 2008

At Least Australia Values Free Speech

Australia pope protest laws "unconstitutional": court - Yahoo! News Free speech does include the right to be annoying. At least in Australia.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Anti-protest laws imposed for Pope Benedict's visit to Sydney this week, which could see protesters arrested for annoying Catholic pilgrims, were unconstitutional, a court ruled on Tuesday.
Speech isn't free if I can only say government-approved things. Funny how a lot of people don't understand that.

While I applaud free speech, it seems some people don't understand the difference between speech and vandalism. (And it isn't the protesters doing the vandalizing.)
Reflecting the religious fervor in Sydney, "Ratzinger Rules" was spray painted on a war memorial overnight.
So you celebrate the visit of the Pope by defacing a war memorial. That's interesting. Oh, and in case you're sleeping, Pope Benedict was born Josef Ratzinger.

This respite notwithstanding, I expect to see the full force of the police state show up in Australia to "keep the peace" as it were.

O'Reilly and his ilk will no doubt go on about "respect for religion" or something. (Do other religions get respect?) While I do have respect for religion, I also have respect for free speech. Canada and Europe really need a dose of free speech, and we could use some in America. (Mohamed cartoons anyone?)

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