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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pakistan Bans "Obscene" Text Messages, Including Words Like . . . "Jesus"

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2011, 01:48 PM

AP reports:

Pakistan’s telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be obscenities, Anjum Nida Rahman, a spokeswoman for Telenor Pakistan, said Friday.

Many of the words to be blocked were sexually explicit terms or swear words, according to a copy of the list obtained by The Associated Press. . . .

The reasons for blocking some words, including Jesus Christ, headlights and tampon, were less clear, raising questions about religious freedom and practicality.

Apparently, the idea here is that free speech can be restricted "in the interest of the glory of Islam."

This move should be of little surprise. After all, everyone knows Islam is a religion of peace -- as the silent graveyards of the dead murdered in the name of Islam so eloquently testify.

So, perhaps this move to ban "obscene" text messages should be read as an effort to make cell phone traffic more peaceful and "charitable."

Is the religion of peace striking again?

But what's to worry? Didn't that 60s rocker say, "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"?

Perhaps I should point out that Islam is anti-freedom. But I won't.

That might be uncharitable and hurt a feeling somewhere. It might even get a text of mine banned.

I wouldn't want to do that. O how I love the smell of freedom in the morning!