Sunday, February 05, 2006

Another leftie free speech activist condemns the cartoons

Maya Evans, the free speech martyr of the anti-war left, was on BBC Radio Five Live today to discuss the Mohammed cartoons (*). Last year, under anti-protest laws pushed through by our increasingly paranoid and authoritarian Prime Minister, she was arrested and convicted after reading out the names of dead soldiers in Parliament Square.

So what did this poster girl for free expression think about the cartoons?
"I believe that freedom of speech is very important and people should be allowed to voice their freedom of speech without fear of violence or legal repercussions BUT I feel that these cartoons were insulting. It wasn’t an objective critique of religion, it was singling out Islam and casting stereotypes."
Like Stewart Lee, co-writer of Jerry Springer the Opera, Maya defends our right to say what we like unless she disagrees with it.

(* Typically for the BBC the discussion had more guests opposed to publication of the cartoons than in favour.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Charles Martel said...

she's obviously never read the koran or the hadiths so.

7:52 pm  
Anonymous Eric said...

Yes, so Jerry Springer T O was an objective critique of religion then? And the cartoons weren't satire . .

Another case of moral inversion and the insidious threat to our way of life.

I wonder Haralambos should take some flak for this mess . . . ;-)

9:20 pm  
Blogger Laban said...

Who was the fake-cockney leftie guest on Worricker today - sounded a bit like Stewart Lee ?

9:51 pm  
Anonymous TAoL said...

Since when have cartoons or satire ever been "objective critiques" of anything?

11:24 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Eric - second century martyrs aren't my strong point I'm afraid.

Laban - the irritating leftie was Worricker’s resident Guardian sidekick Sam Delaney - I think he's on every week. Worricker's other guest for yeterday's entire show was Lorraine Davidson, the former Labour spin doctor - nice balance of political views, eh?

8:41 am  

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