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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

What's Next? "Bay Watch" ?

This is funny, but at the same time truly very troubling. I've posted before about the PC-inspired laws being debated and passed in Australia and the UK. Here's another story about Britain's advertising watchdog agency banning television commercials featuring bikini-clad women. Why? Because it is offensive to Muslims. Now, Britain does not have the equivalent of our 1st Amendment. Nevertheless, the precedent set by such laws and rulings should be obvious. If mere "offense" is the touchstone rather than, for example, the ads are pornographic or gratuitously violent, then any group should have standing to object to whatever they may find offensive and call for government censorship. Certainly any religious group. If the British authorities are taking action on behalf of Muslims, there can be no rational basis to not take action on the complaints of Anglicans, Hindus or Buddhists.

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