Tuesday, October 17, 2006


One prominent supporter of the Rally for Free Expression was the humanist Leo Igwe, from Nigeria. I said at the time that he should stand as a reminder that there are people in the world who are fighting for freedom under far more trying circumstances than our own, in Europe.

A reminder of this comes today, in the news that a Nigerian Christian teacher who had the temerity to discipline a Muslim student first had to flee for his life, and is now under arrest, charged with blasphemy.

Leo and Joshua Lai (the teacher) deserve our admiration and our support. Geography and nationality do not outweigh our bonds of common humanity.

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