Think It, Don’t Say It

A few hundred years ago, Christians were very concerned when people spoke ill about their religion or other religions. The name of the game was to keep silent if you did not have anything nice to say. Turkish-Armenian writer Sevan Nisanyan has been sentenced to jail in Turkey for 58 weeks because he made fun of Allah or Mohammed or someone who lived hundreds of years ago. The prosecutor charged him with “insulting the religious beliefs held by a section of society.” His crime was setting up a blog entitled: “We need to fight hate speech. Making fun of a Arab leader who claimed he contacted Allah hundreds of years ago” is not hate speech.

It is quite proper to insult any political leader in Turkey who is part of the government, but don’t dare insult government officials or make fun of any  religion–other than Jewish, that is.