Saturday, February 04, 2006

International Petition?

So what do we do? I have a sense that this Danish cartoon episode could prove to be a tipping point. We need to make it clear, fast, that WE don't capitulate, even if some of our politicians and media do.

Blogging and reading helps vent frustration, but how do we make plain the sheer VOLUME of outrage that is felt around the world about the quisling capitulations of governments and media to aggression and violent intolerance?

Maybe the internet can provide a mechanism for this to be made plain. An online, multilingual, international petition could be sorted by country and presented locally, and sent to elected representatives so an online tally can be kept of whether or not they are willing to support it. There are some very fundamental principles at stake here so it should be possible to erect a very big tent.

I have quickly roughed out a wording but invite suggestions for improving/replacing it. Comments on this site are moderated, but I'll approve any that are on topic, so long as they are constructive, whether or not I agree with them.

WE THE PEOPLE of the twenty first century, common era,

SALUTE the men and women of past centuries, of all nationalities, who through their courage, wisdom, resolve and sacrifice

WON for us the inestimable and inalienable benefits of

DEMOCRACY WITH A UNIVERSAL ADULT FRANCHISE
EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
EQUALITY IN EDUCATION
FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY
FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE &
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

and we ASSERT our DETERMINATION to

RETAIN these benefits for ourselves, to

EXERCISE WATCHFUL STEWARDSHIP of these benefits, and to

PASS THESE BENEFITS DOWN TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.

WE THEREFORE CALL ON OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, TO:

1.DEFEND THESE RIGHTS against attack, specifically the attack that is presently being mounted against them by adherents of a particular interpretation of ISLAM.
2.DEFEND ALL PEOPLE from indigenous and migrant populations against breaches of these rights when they are to be found within incoming cultures.
3.ASSERT that religion and the state must be separate from one another and that a person's religion must remain a matter of private conscience.
4.ASSERT the obvious and simple truth that in a free society, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression will always result in actions and utterances that cause offence.

1 comment:

Pausanias said...

5. Assert that there should be no limit to freedom of expression when it comes to ideas, ideologies and religions.
6. Recognise that the only limits to freedom of expression concern incitement to discrimination or violence against individuals of defined groups of individuals.

The clause about immigrants and natives is incoherent and probably unnecessary.

The preamble is good but less use of CAPITALS and tightening would improve things.