March 2, 2015
(My own contribution to the genre is below, the last item under “The Bad”.)
You’ll have heard about the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, when Muslim gunmen killed the editor in chief and apparently more than a third of the cartoonists at the magazine, among others. You may not have heard that there have already been other attacks since then, such as the St. Valentine’s Day shooting at a free-speech event in Denmark (CBS, Mark Steyn, more Steyn), or the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.
September 2, 2013
Via Mark Steyn, this is pretty interesting (and so unconstitutional): Someone creates a shirt making fun of the NSA, and puts it up for sale on Zazzle; it quickly gets yanked. Salon has the story: “The parody shirt the NSA doesn’t want you to wear”
Two days after the world learned the National Security Agency logs practically every American phone call, the agency had started cracking down on entrepreneurs who made fun of it.
March 20, 2013
A deal has been reached by all three major political parties in the United Kingdom to impose severe restrictions on the freedom of the press, apparently including the Internet. Details are still unclear,* but it seems to include an Orwellian ministry of truth that would have the power to order newspapers to issue “corrections”, letting the government replace what a paper reported with what the government says is true.
Some of the Britons or ex-Britons at National Review Online explain.
- “1771–2013: The Era of the Free Press in Britain”, John O’Sullivan
Muslim Culture Still Not Compatible with Liberty, West: U. S. Embassy and Consulate in Egypt and Libya Attacked
September 12, 2012
Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of September 11th, “Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy . . . , tore down the American flag and burned it” (Reuters) and “U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed when Libyan militants stormed the U.S. consulate” (ABC News). (Apparently three others were also killed.) The first, and perhaps the second, was apparently prompted by the making of an independent film about Mohammed. ABC:
The attack on the consulate in Benghazi came shortly after protesters in Cairo, Egypt, scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag in an angry demonstration against a movie about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, depicting the founder of Islam as a fraud and a womanizer.