Monday, January 19, 2009

Insult the King, Go to Jail

An Australian man has been convicted in Thailand of insulting the Thai king.  As an American, my point of reference has a First Amendment.  Unpopular ideas should be protected, even when they cause emotional distress for public figures.

But the real "WTF?" element to this story is that the offending speech that drew a 3 year prison term in Thailand is characterized as "A few lines in a novel that sold just seven copies."

Seven copies?  This little blog might have that many readers some day.  Yeah, right.

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