Dear All,

I am writing to you from Pakistan. I wish to bring to your attention the fact that Muslims across the world are launching protests against the right to free speech and having social
networking websites banned in their countries.

The court in Lahore, Pakistan, issued a sentence today, banning Facebook for an indefinite period of time. The URL of the social networking site will be blocked by the
telecommunication authorities. This action was taken in response to some
20 people protesting against Facebook outside the court.

This entire hue and cry is a response to a facebook page inviting people to submit drawings of Mohammad on the 20th of May to challenge the sheer intolerance of Muslims when it comes to
bringing their religious beliefs under scrutiny.

The implications of this action can be dire for atheists, free thinkers, non-Muslims and relatively more tolerant Muslims residing in these countries. Such ill-conceived
attempts at trying to appease and pander to the religious sensitivities
of Muslims can be utilized in future to curtail any semblance of
democratic rights that we did enjoy in the past. Today it is facebook,
tomorrow it could be who knows what.

I call for all atheists and free thinkers to rise up in arms against such despotic attempts to curtail the freedom of expression in countries, such as mine. We could use any and
all help that comes our way. Appeal to your media, your governments to
pressurize governments like mine into revoking such undemocratic orders.

In solidarity

Younas Chowdhry

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Yes, I know of the page you're talking about. Started off relatively small, but in the last couple of weeks it's been growing by thousands per day. Was at over 50,000 people yesterday. Didn't know about the Pakistan ruling though...thanks for the heads up.
theyve blocked access to youtube, wikipedia and flickr as well
yes that action shoud be condemned,it is against the freedom of human ridhts
I agree with almost everything you have posted here, but are you seriously advocating the use of weapons against Muslim fundamentalists? I hope not, I am a pacifist and this kind of response would just cause more harm. Perhaps when you said, "rise up in arms", you meant peaceful protest, but that's not really what it sounds like. With you in spirit, bob.
Of course, not it is merely a figure of speech. Dawkins uses it too, doesnt necessarily means that we pick up a firearm and go gung ho. Our words and ideas surpass the impact of bombs and bullets.


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