Free speech is under threat all over the world now

Stephen Fry, under investigation for blasphemy in Ireland

British TV personality Stephen Fry has been under investigation for blasphemy in Ireland after legal authorities were apparently pursuing a complaint filed against Fry, Irish network RTÉ and the producers of a 2015 show on which Fry appeared called ‘The Meaning of Life.’

The Irish police, or Gardaí, have been in contact with the individual who filed the complaint, one linked to an extensive comment Fry gave the show on the nature of God.

‘How dare you create a world in which there is such misery? It’s not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’

Fry continued, ‘Because the god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish . . . We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of god would do that?’

Ireland Health Minister Simon Harris said on Monday that the country’s blasphemy laws were ’embarrassing’ and has called for their repeal.

He is right, as half of the normally thinking world are confused by Ireland’s 15th-century attitude towards Fry and the other half are laughing at them.


Facebook told to remove posts or face charges
Censored: Google blocks 1,500 YouTube videos in Vietnam
TV host arrested for violating Computer Crime Act
Christian governor jailed for asking Muslims to vote for him

Free speech rights around the globe are under serious threat.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission [official website] of Thailand on Thursday ordered Facebook to remove a video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other posts by Tuesday or face legal action.

The video claims to show the king in casual dress showing his tattoos and walking with a woman. The video was deemed illicit by the NBTC and ordered removed from the social media site, say the Bangkok Post.

Facebook has said it plans to comply with the request.

In Britain well-known activist Tommy Robinson was arrested  during a 4am raid on his home, after filming alleged Muslim rape gang members on trial at Canterbury Crown Court. He was detained on suspicion of ‘attempting journalism.’

Chinese human rights lawyers Xie Yang and Li Heping were released from prison on Tuesday after being detained for nearly two years on charges of attempting to subvert the country’s ruling Communist Party.

In Australia activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Australian tour was cancelled for ‘security reasons,’ a move which was cited as a ‘grim omen of how the new rise of religious authoritarianism threatens the values of Australia’s free and open society.’

In America university campus speeches by Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles Murray were shut down by violent, baying mobs and an appearance by Anne Coulter was cancelled at the last minutes due to ‘safety concerns.’

In Vietnam the ruling People’s Party ordered YouTube to block thousands of film clips they regarded as ‘undesirable.’ YouTube quickly complied with the demand.

In Tunisia a court sentenced the British DJ Dax J to a year in prison in April for public indecency and offending public morality after the artist played a remix of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub.

Back in Thailand a popular TV host has been arrested after he implicated several people over alleged irregularities in the food supply business to a prison.

His crime was listed as ‘violating the Computer Crime Act, giving false information that caused damage to others, and colluding in defamation via television broadcast.’

Finally, in Indonesia a Christian politician was jailed for two-years after asking Muslims to vote for him. He was charged with blasphemy and thrown in the slammer.

And this is only going to become worse.

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