Free Speech: It Isn’t Everywhere
One of the greatest—and most important—liberties we as Americans enjoy is our First Amendment freedom of speech. Consider the following incidents that have recently taken place in areas of the world where there is no such freedom, or where freedom of speech is extremely limited:
- In China, a top television personality has recently been threatened with “severe punishment” for insulting the former (and deceased since 1976) Chairman Mao Tse Tung, the founder of the People’s Republic of China and the man responsible for the murder of millions of Chinese as the head of the Communist Part of China. It’s not as if the alleged insults even occurred on television…they were spoken at a private dinner party. According to one Chinese newspaper, “there should be zero tolerance” for such criticisms. China’s media watchdog called the TV star’s comments “disparaging” and “a serious violation of political disciplines.” The star has already been suspended from his television programs.
- One of the smallest countries in Africa, Eritrea, is known to have imprisoned over a dozen journalists in recent years, none of whose whereabouts is known or who will ever have the realistic possibility of trial for their alleged journalistic crimes.
- Bloggers in several Asian countries have been subjected to brutality for their online opinions, while in other Asian countries, bloggers are charged with violating libel and internal security laws.
- “Blasphemy against religion” is illegal in Indonesia, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other regions of the Middle East and North Africa. The primary religion in these countries is, of course, Islam. Penalties for insulting, cursing, disparaging, or mocking Islam or Muhammed can include amputation, hanging, imprisonment, fines, or beheading.
The list could go on and on. While we are incredibly blessed to live in one the most free nations on the planet, the attorneys are the National Center for Life and Liberty are seeing an alarming increase in the number of attacks upon what we consider to be the two most important First Amendment rights: freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. In many cases, these two liberties are routinely being violated by governmental entities around the country…and more and more frequently against Christians. Help us at the NCLL as we stand up for your First Amendment freedoms. Every donation helps us continue the work God has called us to do to protect your rights!