Thursday, February 23, 2006

March for Free Expression

I'm supporting the March for Free Expression currently being planned for London's Trafalgar Square, 25 March 2006. I'm hoping to be able to join a similar march here in Australia. Here is the Statement of Principle of the organizers:

The strength and survival of free society and the advance of human knowledge depend on the free exchange of ideas. All ideas are capable of giving offence, and some of the most powerful ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo and Darwin, have given profound religious offence in their time.

The free exchange of ideas depends on freedom of expression and this includes the right to criticise and mock.

We assert and uphold the right of freedom of expression and call on our elected representatives to do the same.

We abhor the fact that people throughout the world live under mortal threat simply for expressing ideas and we call on our elected representatives to protect them from attack and not to give comfort to the forces of intolerance that besiege them.

I like it that the organizers are also promoting a fun side to all this:

This is also a celebration of freedom and free expression, so let's enjoy it. Jugglers, clowns, unicyclists will be very welcome. It's a serious event, but let's make it a party too.

Good luck in your endeavours, guys!


At Saturday, 25 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that is the kind of "protest" I could take part in.

~ YmirGF

At Saturday, 25 February, 2006, Blogger Arizona said...

Nice to see you dropping by, YmirGF. :)

At Saturday, 25 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Arizona, your blog is pretty interesting. I love Rumi and I love your renderings of these quatrains. How can I not come and peek. :)

At Sunday, 26 February, 2006, Blogger Arizona said...

Thank you, YmirGF. I'm glad you like my commentary. The translations of the quatrains are, of course, not my own but thanks to Zara Houshmand.

At Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, Blogger Peter Risdon said...


I'm one of the march organisers. Thanks very much for your support. If a march in Australia does get off the ground, please let us know.

At Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, Blogger Arizona said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for dropping in. I checked out your blog and will link to it. I'll certainly keep you informed of any developments here in Australia.

At Friday, 03 March, 2006, Blogger Peter Risdon said...

Thanks for the kind comment and the link.

This is an extraordinary and exquisite blog, Arizona.

At Friday, 03 March, 2006, Blogger Arizona said...

Wow, Peter, thank you for that very generous praise. :)


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