"I will buy the Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones but only if 20 other freedom of speech supporters will do the same."
— James Graham, Freedom of Speech Supporter
Deadline to sign up by: 30th October 2008
22 people signed up (2 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
The owners of Gibson Square publishers in Islington have been the target of a petrol bomb, allegedly because they were to publish a controversial novel, The Jewel of Medina.
We reject and condemn this unjustifiable terrorist action.
While recognising freedom of religion, we believe that a free society must also protect freedom of speech.
We can’t pick and choose the rights we defend; and we can’t pick and choose the views we allow to be heard. The best way to fight extremism is with words, not swords.
We understand that deep offence can be caused by the expression of some ideas and views, and welcome the fact that the overwhelming majority of people will respond with debate or peaceful protest, not violence.
Freedom is indivisible; bombs are unacceptable.
To quote Gibson Square founder Martin Rynja, “In an open society there has to be open access to literary works, regardless of fear.”
James Graham, the Pledge Creator, joined by: