Tuesday, May 5, 2009

U.K. Rather Confused About Freedom

The U.K. may not have a constitutionally protected freedom of speech, but they always seemed like a country interested in protecting the basic human right of free expression. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Conservative radio host Michael Savage has been banned from entering the U.K. because his opinions contradict the “values” and “standards” of Great Britain. Just to be clear, Michael Savage is a douchebag. He’s a career attention whore who, after failing to impress the beat poets and counterculture icons he idolized, turned his back on all reason and became a racist, homophobic blowhard. He went from swimming nude with Allen Ginsberg to trashing the poet’s name after his death. Also, he’s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is. Plus, his penis is tiny. Like, the size of an ice cream sprinkle. Regardless, a free society must allow for the expression of every douchebag’s opinion, otherwise you aren’t a free society at all. In addition to banning Savage, the U.K. also denied entry to the gay-hating pastor Fred Phelps, among fourteen other people. And not only does she vow to keep banning people for their beliefs, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith also plans on releasing a blacklist with the names of everyone who doesn’t live up to the U.K.’s lofty standards. This is disgusting and backward and should be protested by everyone in Britain. If you expect anyone to stand up for your rights, you have to stand up for the rights of people you dislike. More details here.

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