November 19, 2007

WHY WE HAVE A FIRST AMENDMENT — and why Britain’s authorities are somewhere between risible and contemptible. “Over in the UK, the generally left-leaning Channel 4 broadcast a program called Undercover Mosque, which included footage of a British mosque’s preachers spewing hatred against women, gays and the west in general. Viewers complained to West Midlands Police. The police decided to investigate not the preachers, but the program-makers. Failing to find any evidence of criminal behavior by the network, they quite bizarrely referred the program to the broadcast regulator.”

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