Friday, January 14, 2005

"Although we applaud the government's wish to make everyone in our multi-cultural, multi-faith nation feel that they have an equal stake in Britain, the proposed amendment to the bill is misguided. It is emphatically not the way forward. It creates a climate which engenders events such as the recent Sikh riot in Birmingham. Here a violent mob, on the grounds that a play offended their religion, successfully prevented its performance, acted as censors, and threatened the life of its author."(Guardian Unlimited | special reports |The English PEN open letter to the home secretary, Charles Clarke )


:: note :: . . . this climate is getting hot . . .