March for Free Expression

I really wanted to be at the March for Free Expression that’s meeting about now in Trafalgar Square, but with my trip and everything it just never got arranged. I needed one more day! I support their statement entirely:

The strength and survival of free society and the advance of human knowledge depend on the free exchange of ideas. All ideas are capable of giving offence, and some of the most powerful ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo and Darwin, have given profound religious offence in their time. The free exchange of ideas depends on freedom of expression and this includes the right to criticise and mock. We assert and uphold the right of freedom of expression and call on our elected representatives to do the same. We abhor the fact that people throughout the world live under mortal threat simply for expressing ideas and we call on our elected representatives to protect them from attack and not to give comfort to the forces of intolerance that besiege them.

and it would have been great to be surrounded by banners that say such things as:

I do not agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Blasphemy is a victimless crime.

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

I’ve never been on a march, mainly because I never agree with the topics that seem to warrant one. This sounded pretty good; it’s not anti-government, nor anti-religion, nor has it been hijacked by radical elements. I’m going to regret not being there, I think. Hopefully there’ll be some good shots on Flickr, and it’ll get some coverage on the main news.