[ExI] FW: hitchins fans: hitchins on UN free speech proposal
spike66 at att.net
Fri Mar 6 15:55:05 UTC 2009
From: spike [mailto:spike66 at att.net]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 7:46 AM
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Subject: RE: [ExI] hitchins fans: hitchins on UN free speech proposal
> ...On Behalf Of Stathis Papaioannou
> Subject: Re: [ExI] hitchins fans: hitchins on UN free speech proposal
> 2009/3/6 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
> > Hitchins is about 4.5 minutes in, so you might want to fast forward.
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji-qdC5zYd4
> > When we were talking about those who consider transhumanism a
> > religion, we never dealt with the possibility that if it were so,
> > criticism of transhumanism could become an international crime.
> This is disturbing, but the thing about the United Nations is that for
> the most part governments through their UN delegates behave better
> collectively than they do individually... Stathis Papaioannou
Depends on how one defines "behave better." Making blasphemy illegal seems
like a license for any organization, regardless of how egregious, to have
arbitrary legal sanction against it's enemies. We have already seen how a
"religion" has used that against one of our own. Imagine any religion being
given the authority to do that. I can imagine the radical Presbyterians
would want to have a word or two with me for instance. I don't see any
legal way to define exactly what is and what is not a religion, and what
actually constitutes criticism.
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