Goddamn religious censorship

There has been a round of religiously motivated censorship recently that I would like to draw everyone’s attention to.

First is the anti-Koran film “Fitna”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitna_%28film%29 which was pulled from LiveLeak due to threats “according to the Underwire”:http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/03/dutch-film-fitn.html. Dan originally “had the film embedded on his site”:http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/03/27/watch-fitna-the-movie.html when he talked about it a couple of days ago. You can still see a copy at “Google Video”:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3369102968312745410.

Then of course is our favourite religious corporate organization, the Church of Scientology. They sued to stop the distribution of “The Profit”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Profit, a fictional film about a religious group that resembles the Co$. This event happened a few years ago but illegal distribution is still going on and the controversy is still active as of three days ago. Anti-Co$ hacker network Anonymous drew everyone’s attention to the film again recently. You can “get the torrent”:http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4092650 at TPB (h/t DtB).

Lastly there is the PZ Myers episode last week of being “expelled from Expelled”:http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/expelled.php. PZ is a biology prof and evolution blogger. “Expelled”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expelled:_No_Intelligence_Allowed is a creationist “documentary” about how “Big Science” shuts out the dissenting views on evolution. PZ went to a showing, was recognized while standing in line and kicked out of the theater. His three guests got in though, one of which was … wait for it … “this dude!”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Delusion PZ blogged the incident and epic lulz ensued.

What to make of all this? Hey, the religious orgs are doing what they do: shutting people up and trying to control the message. Whether it involves litigation or violence, organized religion wants to build boundaries around the minds of believers and non-believers alike. The sad thing is that they have been surprisingly successful. However, I think this just makes them look worse in the end. I can’t wait for the day when transparency and rationality reign.

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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8 Responses to Goddamn religious censorship

  1. Chief Wiggum says:

    If enough people pray for transparency and rationality, it will happen.

  2. KuiperCliff says:

    That story about Dawkins is priceless! Laughing hard, laughing hard.

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  4. Aceface says:

    Add some new one.
    The screening of documentary “YASUKUNI” (Directed by a Chinese national,Li Ying)which was partially made by the grant from Cultural Agency related organization,was canceled in four theaters in Tokyo and one in Osaka.

    This Japanese cinema blog run by Don Brown has summarized the ongoing incident.
    http://www.ryuganji.net/2008/03/31/more-trouble-for-yasukuni-documentary-as-remaining-cinemas-pull-out/

  5. Sonagi says:

    It’s not only religious zealots who try to shut people up and try to control the message. Politicians and government officials use the same strategy.

  6. Sonia says:

    Freedom of expression is a wonderful idea, but do we know where to draw the line?

    Because of freedom of expression, we have hurt Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike. If anti-Koran film is freedom of expression; then if someone swears in public at that movie’s director is also expression!

    Atleast, we could bring some logic in our arguments!

  7. Joe says:

    Sonia:
    You are joking aren’t you?
    The issue is not that someone swore at Geert Wilders – anyone and everyone can do that as much as they want.
    The issue is that he was subjected to death threats and now must live under police protection, no TV station was willing the show due to intimidaton, live leak employees were threatened, the Netherlands had to implement a world wide plan to protect their citizens and embassies across the Islamic world etc. – this on the basis that Geert showed some quotations from the Qur’an and Hadith and some clips of Muslim salafists speaking.

    The line drawn with regard to Freedom of Expression has already been drawn – no infringement of Copyright or trademarks, no defamation, no incitement to violence, no “shouting fire in a crowded theatre” – together with the slightly more dubious no incitement to hatred.