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March 9, 2007

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

I'm surprised there aren't more articles on the Old Bailey trials focusing on a 2006 Danish Cartoons controversy protest in the UK as travesties of free-speech rights. I understand the construction of the arguments by which such folks are being convicted, but at the same time, you can hear far worse being shouted at any Philadelphia sporting event. Heck, I've heard some nasty things from political protesters, and it never occurred to me that someone might run over to the White House and actually sexually assault President Bush as a result. While I know you can't shout fire in a crowded theater, I have a hard time determining whether a protest is a crowded theater or something on stage at the crowded theater. In other words, I have no answers.
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