[ExI] hitchins fans: hitchins on UN free speech proposal

spike spike66 at att.net
Fri Mar 6 15:45:57 UTC 2009


> ...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

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.


More information about the extropy-chat mailing list