Saturday, February 24, 2007

Freedom is a two-way street

Posted By on 02.24.07 at 06:48 AM

Ed Brayton at Positive Liberty takes up the cause of Egyptian blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, now sentenced to a total of four years in prison for "insulting Islam" and "defaming the president of Egypt." The Cato Institute's Tom Palmer and Raja Kamal of the University of Chicago Harris School publicized his plight in the February 21 Washington Post. More at Free Kareem!

Brayton adds an important point in case this gets you all self-righteous. If you think it's wrong to lock up a blogger for slagging a religion, but you also think it's OK to outlaw "hate speech" or speech denying that the Holocaust happened, then you've got a whole lot of explaining to do.

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