Saturday, August 4, 2007

Blog Policing

One of my readers commented yesterday that,soon,I might have a price put on my head. This was a comment on my post about the Origins of the New Testament. Many bloggers do tread on people's sentiments but cliched as it may sound,progress of thought can happen only if uncomfortable truths are dug out and society slowly adjusts itself to new ways of thinking.This cannot happen overnight given the policy of appeasement and politically correct statements that we are oblighed to make many a time. But the change will happen slowly and I am happy contributing to it in my own small way.

To a large extent, this is possible in countries where individual liberty is respected and not in totalitarian states or countries which repress individual freedom with an iron hand. Recently, Malaysia passed a law under which a blogger could end up being prosecuted as a terrorist if he or she posts articles insulting their Supreme Leader or Islam; with the suspect being detained indefinitely, without being charged or put on trial. Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, running one of Malaysia's most popular political websites, Malaysia Today, turned himself in to police last week, to answer allegations that he had mocked Islam and threatened racial harmony.

If they had such draconian laws in the U.S curbing the freedom of the written word,the cops would be never-endingly busy questioning every other blogger and would not have enough time on their hands to do their policing.Tsk!

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