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.