Matt HealeyFriday,30 November 2012

The Snap:

I have written about this before and I will likely write about it again. It is the idiocy of laws that restrict free speech on the grounds that someone might be offended. Someone will always be offended. If you want to prevent anyone from being offended, they you have to ban speech. This time it is India and Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which makes sending “any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character” illegal.

The Download:

The law is being enforced by arresting two women, one who posted something on Facebook and the other who “liked” it. My initial reaction was that it would have to had been pretty bad for them to be arrested. So you be the judge. Here is what was posted, in reply to Mumbai shutting down because of the death of a politician: “With all respect, every day, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on.”

WOW! that was offensive! Come on, I mean really. First, she is right — the world does in fact move on. Second, the death of a politician? I get it, shut the city down for the mourning party. After all, most people generally do not have that high an opinion of politicians. Especially in a country that is as corrupt as India. There is a faction in the U.S. that wants to enact these laws. The Democrats generally want to limit “hate speech toward minorities” while the evangelical party of god wants to limit anti-christian speech. Fortunately, the numbers of these people are still very small.

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