The Center for Inquiry Freedom of Expression Campaign
In follow-up to the previous post on the UN resolution to restrict the freedom of expression that “defames” religion, the Center for Inquiry has launched a new campaign entitled the “Campaign for Free Expression“. This campaign seeks to protect of the rights of individuals to express their viewpoints, beliefs and opinions, as guaranteed by the first amendment of the constitution; a cause which I fully endorse. To support this campaign, the Center for Inquiry has established a new website -http://www.pleaseblock.us/ – which will monitor internet censorship of the websites religious dissent across the world. In addition, the Center for Inquiry has put out to the following video to illustrate the current social taboo of religious criticism.
Do you think there are topics you shouldn’t be allowed to discuss? Some governments and institutions, and sadly even some individuals, want to keep certain topics off limits. This is especially true of religious topics. Discussion of religious beliefs is discouraged, even punished. But we can’t come to our own conclusions about religious beliefs unless we can freely examine and discuss such beliefs. As this video from the Center for Inquiry illustrates, prohibiting discussion of certain subjects is absurd and violates our right to express our views.