This is serious. A life is at stake. Read this! Copy this! Help!
Do You know the Streisand Effect? The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence inadvertently generated further publicity.
Let’s streisand the doubt!
The young Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari faces execution for the crime of expressing his opinion. Three tweets of him about the Prophet Muhammed were decried as insulting by religious fundamentalists. On Valentines Day Hamza Kashgari was deported to Saudia Arabia. He is likely to face charges for apostasy, which is punishable by death. A sheik already demanded his execution!
The tweeds are absolutely harmless:
“On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.”
“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.”
“On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”
I do not expect much from Mohammed and his followers, but one thing I do expect: I expect him and them to be able to take a little criticism! When people think they have the right to kill other people just because they doubt, it is my duty to support the person in doubt.
Let it be Your duty, too.
Let’s all shout the doubt of a man, who might get killed for his doubt and the expression of it. Let the world know that it is okay to doubt! Let us all twitter, post and text the tweeds of Hamza Kashgari. Use facebook! Let the doubt be heart all over the world. Let us show the fundamentalists that we will not dodge. Let them know that the more they try to suppress our right to doupt the louder we will do it! Let’s streisand the doubt until Hamza Kashgari is free!
You gotta fight for Your right to doubt!