Sunday, January 23, 2005

Andrew Stuttaford posts in The Corner on National Review Onlin'

"It's an old point. but it's worth making again, the notion that one group finds something 'offensive' is becoming one of the more insidious enemies of freedom, particularly in the age of state-sanctioned multiculturalism.

So here's this ominous little story from the London Times :

"Billboard adverts featuring partial nudity are being defaced by Muslim activists who are offended by displays of flesh. The advertising watchdog has confirmed that increasing numbers of posters are being torn down or painted over in predominantly Islamic areas. A website giving advice on how to vandalise billboards and listing potential targets has been set up by a group calling themselves Muslims Against Advertising (MAAD). "

Nothing more than a freelance FCC? Well, no. Whatever one's objections to the FCC and its current crusade against naughtiness, the FCC is at least a body subject to democratic control. That's not true of those now defacing these posters: their ideology apparently trumps democracy. And that is what is obscene.

And, as always, appeasement doesn't work:

"The campaign has gathered momentum since the Advertising Standards Authority banned an underwear advert from being sited near mosques."

But still the authorities continue to cringe and to cower:

"One area we are concerned about is causing religious offence - the use of religious imagery and also being sensitive to location. If something is offensive in a particular area then the company will normally take it down. We're getting more and more complaints about the inappropriate location of adverts, outside schools or places of worship."

The slow death of the Enlightenment continues."

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