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Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the hope-you've-got-a-lot-of-free-time dept.

Censorship 371

sv_libertarian sends in this excerpt from an AP report: "Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo, and Amazon, for sacrilegious content, while blocking 17 other, lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims, an official said Friday. The moves follow Pakistan's temporary ban imposed on Facebook in May that drew both praise and condemnation in a country that has long struggled to figure out how strict a version of Islam it should follow. ... 'If any particular link with offensive content appears on these websites, the (link) shall be blocked immediately without disturbing the main website,' [said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority spokesman Khurram Mehran]."

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Fulltime Job (5, Insightful)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694770)

The department that will handle that will one day become larger than the IRS.

Excuse me!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32694868)

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Re:Fulltime Job (2, Insightful)

Kepesk (1093871) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694870)

No it won't. All you have to do to find blasphemy on the internet is to type anything into Google. Found it!

Re:Fulltime Job (3, Insightful)

Koby77 (992785) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695044)

The department that will handle that will one day become larger than the IRS.

I was of the understanding that the Pakistan has good relations with China, so maybe they could get some firewall installed with a little help. If China can sensor the whole internet to the extent that it does, I have little doubt that that Pakistan could at least attempt to modify it for anti-Islamic comments instead of (or maybe in addition to) political dissent.

So I guess that's the danger of censorship and anti-net neutrality. Once they get the ball rolling, it will probably become more efficient and more common, unfortunately.

Re:Fulltime Job (4, Interesting)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695074)

Yeah, really, what a job description!

"Actively go out and find stuff that offends and appalls you"

I hope they get paid well to have to essentially work with insults all day long.
What metrics will they use to track their job performance? If they don't find enough offensive content, will they have to create their own to justify their existence?

Re:Fulltime Job (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695416)

Wouldn't that be hazard pay? As it would, defacto, be endangering their immortal souls?

Unless they hire athiests......

Re:Fulltime Job (1)

Caledfwlch (1434813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695196)

Can you say "job security"?

Re:Fulltime Job (5, Funny)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695298)

So if we can introduce Muhammad shaped icons into call centre systems they would have no choice but to move all the previously outsourced British tech support back into the UK and generate thousands of jobs.

Re:Fulltime Job (1)

Loopy (41728) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695352)

Have you SEEN how many of them stand around in the streets chanting Death To XXXXXX during work hours? I'm sure they can find plenty of 'em who would love to do the job of fundamentalist censor.

Re:Fulltime Job (2, Funny)

ragefan (267937) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695518)

Just wait until they learn about Rule 34.

8==D O: Muhammad sucking a big cock (5, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694780)

So does that mean they are only block my comment from being viewed, but not all of slashdot? I'd like to see how they plan on doing that.

Re:8==D O: Muhammad sucking a big cock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32694878)

ITT: stuff we don't want pakistanis to find.

carry on...

Re:8==D O: Muhammad sucking a big cock (2, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694904)

Ah, but we do want pakistanis to find this. It is their government that doesn't wish for them to view it.

Grow up (0, Troll)

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694998)

Just because you know calling another kid a name will make him mad doesn't mean that you should do it. A little respect, please.

Re:Grow up (5, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695064)

Just because someone is going to get mad, doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. I'll exercise discretion as I please, who are you to dictate your ideas of respect to me?

Re:Grow up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695142)

Wow, your middle school teachers must love you.

Re:Grow up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695202)

AC insults somebody for insulting somebody.

Priceless.

Re:Grow up (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695500)

But the AC is right... freedom of speech is no excuse for being ignorant, intolerant and offensive.

Though... flying civilian filled airliners into a civilian target causing thousands of pointless deaths IS a great reason for being offensive, but not ignorant or intolerant.

You Grow Up. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695108)

Fundamentalist thought in all faith is dangerous, right now: in our time, fundamentalist Muslim thought is our ENEMY. The war will be fought with education, and educating to begin with: the "I may disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it" is a good start.

Re:Grow up (5, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695192)

If he's going to trample on other people's rights over it, you're damn right I should. This isn't about making people mad. I know some Muslims, they're decent enough, and I don't really care for offending people just for the sake of it, but this isn't about offending people. This is about people who want to control other people's inherent right to free speech , and I would rather stand up and say yes, I have free speech, and if you don't like what I, or anyone else, has to say, if you find it offensive, that's fine, you have the right to be offended, but if you want to stop anyone, go fuck a pig. [encycloped...matica.com] Warning, link NSFP (not safe for Pakistan).

Oh, and maybe your idea that what other people think should influence what I can say is offensive to me, so you should stop.

FUCK OFF!!!!! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695296)

Just because you know calling another kid a name will make him mad doesn't mean that you should do it. A little respect, please.

When the entire PURPOSE of that anger is to squelch dissent and stifle free speech?

FUCK OFF!!!!

This world will be a much better and safer when Islam is dragged out of the 11th century.

Re:Grow up (3, Interesting)

PinkyGigglebrain (730753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695390)

This raises an old question.
Who is more mature;
the person who says empty words to anger another,
or the person who lets nothing but empty words anger them?

Not defending the act of insulting another for fun, just defending the right to do so. And to point out that you took the bait as the OP intended.

Re:8==D O: Muhammad sucking a big cock (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695052)

They would likely block any page that showed your comment, including the main article page. That's how I interpreted their comment (they probably were thinking of Web 1.0 when they wrote it, and not the modern web of visitor-created content mixing with site content).

Re:8==D O: Muhammad sucking a big cock (2, Informative)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695306)

Best hack in the world would be to change whatever error message pops up when someone hits something blasphemous so that it redirects to Encyclopedia Dramatica. [encycloped...matica.com] I like this one. [encycloped...matica.com]

Only one way this can end (2, Funny)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694792)

Hilariously.

Allah Akbar.

Re:Only one way this can end (0, Troll)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694888)

Allah can suck it. Hezbollah, Al Quaida, Militant Mulims everywhere, come and get me.

Re:Only one way this can end (2, Interesting)

Leebert (1694) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695038)

Are you capable of defending yourself, or are you simply hiding behind the protection of your government? Are you always certain it will be able to protect you? Will you never leave its influence? Are you foolish enough to believe that once you leave its borders, it will go to the ends of the earth to protect you? Hint: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37907132/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/ [msn.com]

Re:Only one way this can end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695166)

Is that some kind of (not-so) veiled threat?

Re:Only one way this can end (3, Informative)

Leebert (1694) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695278)

No, it is the experience of someone who learned long, long ago not to talk all tough unless you're able and willing to back it up. Because eventually someone will call you on it.

And to not count on your big friends, because they will not always be there to protect you.

Lessons learned in high school are quite often apropos to real life, and quite often scale up to the nation state level.

Re:Only one way this can end (1)

men0s (1413347) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695170)

So is Mohamed-Rolling going to be the new trend? However, I just can't think of any proper music to go along with allegedly blasphemous images of Mo.

Re:Only one way this can end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695242)

I suggest "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, or "Relax" by FGTH.

Imagine the uproar if it was the other way round (5, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694812)

Imagine if these companies sought to block Pakistan or any other Islamic country. There would be uproar and claims of racism, anti-religious behaviour etc. etc. Yet when these same governments block sites for religious purposes it's considered some sort of right to choose (nevermind that it's on behalf of so many whose rights are stomped). I don't have an issue with people blocking their own access out of stupidity, but this idea that they can choose on behalf of others is a reminder of why religious rather than rational reasoning is so dangerous and has no place in politics.

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (2, Interesting)

Peach Rings (1782482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694894)

That would be hilarious, not offensive. I'd buy swag from whatever company vengefully blocked them back.

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694906)

Yet when these same governments block sites for religious purposes it's considered some sort of right to choose

Bullshit. The entire reason it is a big news story is because it is so bogus.

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694914)

I kind of, make a link with the Android's ToS.... Since it is legally for Google to ban/kill "blasphemy" applications (because you agreed to ToS), why is not valid for Pakistan to ban/kill religious "blasphemy"??? Let me remind you that Pakistan people also agreed to their religious ToS...

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695406)

you assume that every person there chooses to be there?

if I disagree with a law in canada, there's nothing I can do about it. I don't have the money to go move anywhere, and as a white dude from a peaceful country, nobody will take me as a refugee.

even if the grass is greener on the other side, that doesn't mean everybody can go there.

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695084)

Most people that believe in liberal democracy don't agree that it is OK for Pakistan to do it.

Most people that are strongly nationalistic probably believe it is OK for Pakistan to do it, but also think that blocking al-jazeera is appropriate too.

Re:Imagine the uproar if it was the other way roun (1)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695392)

Not quite: People who are strongly nationalistic believe that it's not OK for Pakistan to do it. After all, how are they supposed to see that such blatant religious control of a country is so wrong.

But they do think that blocking al-jazeera is appropriate, but first they need to get back to making sure there's a reference to God in our pledges, money, and any government document they can put it on [wikipedia.org] .

Ah My (5, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694816)

It must be sad to so terrified that your religion will collapse if you don't control what the adherents read. Any religion that can only survive by censorship is a religion deserving of nothing but absolute scorn and the sincerest wish that it end up in the trash heap of worthless ideas.

Re:Ah My (1, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694966)

This is basically the Pakistani version of the Fairness Doctrine--a government deciding what is fair and what should be read by its citizens. Situations like this are exactly why people oppose this stuff.

Re:Ah My (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695076)

I think it's more about the Pakistani government trying to appease the hardliners. They tend to kowtow to the religious factions in the country, because without them they cannot maintain power.

I agree about the aspect though - if your beliefs require faith, how can you ever force it on someone? Faith by nature comes from within. No external force can change that.

Re:Ah My (2, Funny)

cyber0ne (640846) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695088)

My thoughts exactly. If Facebook is stronger than your religion, then your religion could use a little strengthening. It reminds me of when a guy at a church I used to attend said that he saw The Da Vinci Code in the theater and it "challenged his faith." I suggested that he challenge his faith more often, it could really use the exercise.

Re:Ah My (3, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695140)

The only thing the Da Vinci Code and that awful sequel challenged in me was my ability to suspend disbelief. What gawdawful dreck.

Re:Ah My (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695376)

Angels and Demons is also notable for the nastiest "don't try this at home" moment ever. Now boys and girls, if you ever stumble across an antimatter bomb that's about to go off, do not rush it to the nearest helicopter.

Re:Ah My (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695100)

There's a comparison in here somewhere between what Pakistan is doing and the Texas school book stuff.

In both cases, we have religion so terrified of concepts that they actively seek to block the dissemination of said concepts.

Re:Ah My (0, Troll)

PRMan (959735) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695274)

Is the religion in the second case atheism? Because I'm pretty sure that they were planning to teach both sides...

Terrified? (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695324)

If refusing to consider ideas or facts that conflict with your preconceptions means you're terrified, than most people on Slashdot must be constantly wetting their pants!

Re:Ah My (2, Interesting)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695528)

There's a comparison in here somewhere between what Pakistan is doing and the Texas school book stuff.

In both cases, we have religion so terrified of concepts that they actively seek to block the dissemination of said concepts.

Yup, you know your ideology is in trouble when you have to censor the ENTIRE world to defend it.

Re:Ah My (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695256)

Any religion that can only survive by censorship is a religion deserving of nothing but absolute scorn and the sincerest wish that it end up in the trash heap of worthless ideas.

Any religion <snip> is a religion deserving of nothing but absolute scorn and the sincerest wish that it end up in the trash heap of worthless ideas.

FTFY

Re:Ah My (4, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695262)

It's not about Islam. It's just their version of "Think of the Children!". It's about politicians trying to distract the general public from failings in their government. Trying to pretend that they are actually doing something about something. "We are seriously concerned about family and religious values in our country . . . blah, blah, blah . . . "

Pakistani Press Conference Reporter: "What is the government doing about youth unemployment?"

Government Spokesman: "By the way, have you taken a look at our new Internet Sacrilegious Content Campaign?"

Pakistani Press Conference Reporter: "Um, eh . . I was asking about unemployment . . ."

So it is nothing more than a "Think of the sacrilegious content!" cry.

Maybe the will outsource it (4, Funny)

DnemoniX (31461) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694818)

I wonder if they will ship this out to a call center in Mumbai. Now that would be funny.

"Thank you for calling the blasphemy hotline, this is Steve, how may I direct your call?"

Re:Maybe the will outsource it (5, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694922)

"Thank you for calling the blasphemy hotline, this is Steve, how may I direct your call?"

Caller: I would like to report a picture of Mohammed with a man's penis in his mouth.

Steve: I see from your caller id that you are calling from the United States.

Caller: Yes, what does that have to do with it?

Steve: I'm afraid kind sir that it is not illegal to show pictures of your prophet performing fellatio on another man.

Caller: This is an outrage! If I was in Pakistan, already six suicide bombers would be dispatched to deal with this blasphemy.

Steve: If you like, I could transfer you to our Public Relations department. Just last week it forced the retirement of a cartoonist and the editing of a South Park cartoon.

Caller: Will there be a fatwah? Or at least the severing of some body part?

Steve: No, I am afraid that is illegal in the United States. But you can be assured the headline on tomorrow's New York Times.

Caller: So this is what has become of jihad. Very well, but want at least one simpering liberal to defend my outrage, and perhaps an Evangelical Christian to call for the banning of homosexuality.

Steve: That will be no problem, sir. Transferring you now...

Re:Maybe they will outsource it (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695090)

Ha, that is full of win!

Re:Maybe the will outsource it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695398)

I wonder if they will ship this out to a call center in Mumbai. Now that would be funny.

"Thank you for calling the blasphemy hotline, this is Steve, how may I direct your call?"

Mumbai is in India!!

Monitoring Google? (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694826)

Like this? [google.com]

hey religious nuts! (4, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694832)


  0     <- Mohammed
-|-
/ \

Come censor slashdot!

P.S.  I secretly rub bacon in all the other ingredients at Subway.

Re:hey religious nuts! (1)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695148)

    _
  \Q/
    |
  / \

Jesus Christ!
This is an OUTRAGE!

Re:hey religious nuts! (1)

dieth (951868) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695282)

P.S. I secretly rub bacon in all the other ingredients at Subway.

You my friend are a hero, and a champion of bacon lovers everywhere.

Re:hey religious nuts! (1)

godrik (1287354) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695374)

hats off !

Re:hey religious nuts! (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695432)

Wait, for free!?! Free bacon flavor, that is so excellent. Seems I'll have to try out subway again.

Re:hey religious nuts! (1)

phyrexianshaw.ca (1265320) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695446)

You my friend are awesome. everybody needs a little more bacon.

To paraphrase xkcd (2, Insightful)

c0d3g33k (102699) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694834)

Somewhere, someone on the internet is blaspheming. Duty calls.

Blasphemy, get yer blasphemy right here! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32694860)

Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo and Amazon, for sacrilegious content

The Pope Song [scienceblogs.com] , by Tim Minchin.

Oh, wait, Pakistan's only monitoring for certain kinds of blasphemy, like cartoons of that other religious leader :) Carry on, Tim!

Fucking nuts (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32694876)

I shit on them fucking cuntrags, I shit on their fucked up religion, and... oh yeah, that's right, dear reader, I shit on YOURS too. Fucking morons.

Re:Fucking nuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695312)

That may be flamebait, it's still my honest opinion.

Responsibility (1)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694920)

At my job I have the added responsibility of monitoring the web for gaming articles and internet memes.

Muhammad (3, Insightful)

andymadigan (792996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694926)

Muhammad was just another drugged out nut in the desert. God (or Allah) is just fantasy. There is no God. The entire Islamic faith is based on fantasy.

Come block Slashdot!

Re:Muhammad (2, Funny)

Evildonald (983517) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695070)

The faith may be entire fantasy, but there are some good hygiene and food preparation tips in there if you don't have refrigeration!

Re:Muhammad (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695214)

They ripped all that stuff off the Jews.

Re:Muhammad (1)

godrik (1287354) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695394)

some of the things seems reasonnable:

(from memory) "If some water is colored, do not drink it".

That sounds like a good advice to me. :)

Net neutrality (0, Flamebait)

bonch (38532) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694928)

This is Pakistan's form of net neutrality. Doesn't it make you excited to bring it over to the States? I'm sure nothing but good would come of it.

This is what happens (4, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694932)

When you bend over backwards to accommodate radicals. Facebook caved in so easily, now Islam wants to police the entire internet...

There's an old saying: Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

I feel sorry for non radical muslims living in Pakistan because you will soon lose access to slashdot? Why? Because of the following comment:

Mohammed was not the prophet of god, he was a homosexual violence crazed pedophile who enjoyed sneaking pork sandwiches between cock-sucking sessions.

To Pakistan, with love from yours truly and probably quite few of us here on slashdot.

Re:This is what happens (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695250)

There's an old saying: Give an Islamic radical an inch and he'll beg you to stick the other seven in.

FTFY

Re:This is what happens (2)

Orleron (835910) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695338)

What are these "non-radical" muslims you speak of? I cannot hear them complaining anywhere.

Hiding from the radicals (2, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695496)

You think that the radicals have it in for Americans/Europeans who "insult islam?" That's nothing. Find somebody who is of an islamic background and opposes the idiocy of the radicals, and they might as well have a target on their head. At least the others have the excuse of being ignorant infidels... so only doing something fairly big/obvious gets them targeted.

Curious... (2, Interesting)

Derosian (943622) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694934)

I wonder if this will spark Anonymous into trolling them? I mean more than they are already.

Not surprising for religiously motivated people (1)

CodePwned (1630439) | more than 4 years ago | (#32694938)

The more people are able to see the world through the internet the more freedom's they see everyone else has and the less control religion has on them. People are starting to think for themselves instead of being sheep. The method of control that has worked for centuries is starting to erode away. The fear mongering that was once possible is much more difficult and the result is outright violence.

This is a story of desperate people who hide behind religion as a method of control who are forced to control what people can read or see in order to retain that control. Unfortunately for them it's only a matter of time before it completely erodes.

People today want to follow those who make sense with their rule, not declare they are sent by God, or "chosen".

Re:Not surprising for religiously motivated people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695234)

Who would win in a fight for the title "Control"?

In the blue corner Censorship.

In the red corner Marketing.

We didn't want them on our websites anyway. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32694988)

They are all prejudiced!

why bother (3, Insightful)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695032)

An intolerant, closed minded, excuse of a religion deserves true excommunication. Cut off all web contact with Pakistan so that no slight, accidental or deliberate, could occur.
People who insist on living in the past will be buried with it.

Re:why bother (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695326)

Isn't that the same as they are doing?

I, for one, am not threatened by their speech or ideals, even though I don't agree with them.

Yoo hoo, boys, look at THIS (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695048)

To make sure Slashdot is banned from Pakistan, it isn't enough to point out that Mohammed was a pedophile, although he was. It will be necessary to also insult the terrorist loving spokesman for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Khurram Mehran, and secretly homosexual Ministry of Information Technology Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa.

From the Koran: "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old"

Re:Yoo hoo, boys, look at THIS (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695480)

From the Koran: "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old"

Or, possibly 16 and 19, depending on the translation. Just sayin.

More State Censorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695056)

This stuff seems to me more the product of totalitarian thinking and less uniquely "Islamic". Case in point, these Russians facing jail for blasphemy:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104734902 [npr.org]

Fundamentalists of all stripes are a threat to basic freedoms.

slipping through.. (1)

Necron69 (35644) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695116)

The more you tighten your grip, Pakistan, the more web sites will slip through your fingers.

Necron69

ps. Apologies to Princess Leia

Blame the airline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695144)

Yeah... right.
Prevent an airline from operating in you country because a passenger misbehaved.

Is there a way to block Pakistan? (5, Interesting)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695158)

If you're running a website, is there a way to detect visitors who are (probably) in Pakistan (like, is there a specific block of IPs that is assigned to Pakistan), to redirect them to a page explaining that you'd rather not risk getting a death sentence from Pakistan, so you are not willing to serve content in that jurisdiction?

I say everyone should just create an Internet Embargo against Pakistan if they're going to be like that. Cut em off.

Google will be easy... (2, Informative)

jimmyfrank (1106681) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695162)

Google's page is pretty simple, a text box and a button, not a ton of content.

What will they call it? (1)

MrKevvy (85565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695188)

Great Firewall of China.
Great Fatwahl of Pakistan?

Delicate sensibilities must be protected! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695218)

Because, of course, while we can offend Christians, Jews, leftists, rightists, moderates, environmentalists, and so-on...

everyone knows how delicate the sensibilities of journalist-beheading Muslims are, and that they cannot take the trauma of someone implying that there could be anything less than perfect in their culture.

pakistan might as well pull the plug (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695314)

because i can guarantee they will find offensive material on the internet and you can find a link from one website to another and basically "leapfrog" from one website to another where the offensive material is located, so why spend the time and money searching for it, i can tell you it is already there so do yourself a favor and pull the plug pakistan and any other muslim & islamic nation that is worried about being offended. it is out there already just a click away.

Gonna be pissed when they find my stick Muhammad (3, Funny)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695362)

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Shhhh . . .Stick Muhammad is sleeping. Don't wake him up with your freaky religious intolerance. He'd be disappointed by your unwillingness to be happy to just conquer and tax people you don't agree with.

How to blaspheme: a demonstration (5, Insightful)

TrumpetPower! (190615) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695366)

So, this should be equally offensive to Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Those of y’all who consider yourselves believers in a variation of one of those themes, pay attention:

If I were to tell you a story about a talking unicorn who gave a pep talk to the reluctant hero before instructing the hero in how to wield his magic wand, you’d know instantly that I was telling you a make-believe faery tale that has no bearing on reality whatsoever.

If I were to swap out the unicorn with talking shrubbery, you’d still come to the same conclusion, but you’d think it’s a particularly weird story taking even stranger liberties with reality.

But if I were to light the shrubbery on fire, name the hero, “Moses,” and call the wand “The Staff of Aaron,” you’d know that this is the absolute truth, the Word of YHWH, to be accepted uncritically as historical fact. (Exodus chapters 3 and 4, to be specific.) Or, at the very least, it’s some sort of utterly profound morality play from which deep meaning can and should be drawn.

And you’d be a complete and total blithering fucking idiot for doing so.

Cheers,

b&

Reason #3 Your Nation Will Stay A Backwater (2, Insightful)

swb (14022) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695370)

Intense concern over matters of religious adherence, blasphemy or other measures of religious adherence, practice or devotion. Focusing this concern on people outside your nation with substantial cultural and/or religious differences from you and/or the Internet intensifies this effect.

The overall impact of this is to make your nation appear filled with superstitious, power-hungry and intolerant zealots. People will not fear or respect you, they will dislike you for this and believe you are petty, small-minded and foolish.

You will be mocked and laughed at and your nation will remain an ignorant backwater, its people suffering from disease and maladies long since cured by more flexible and rational thinking.

Re:Reason #3 Your Nation Will Stay A Backwater (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695434)

As the last global financial crash proved, being isolated and in backwater does not look so bad at all.

Muhammad on Slashdot (1)

dlmarti (7677) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695408)

Here is my drawing of Muhammad: :) There now Pakistan can block Slashdot too.

BLASPHEMOUS! (1)

uremog (931065) | more than 4 years ago | (#32695410)

How blasphemous to use a blasphemous website to identify blasphemy!

And libtards mock criticism of "Piss Christ" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32695452)

And otherwise make fun of Christianity.

Western "liberals" would ally themselves with the Devil - literally - if there were a rumor of him being an enemy of "Teh EEEVILLL HalliMcChimpyBushCheneyHitlerl!!!"

At least in Islamic countries "useful idiots" really ARE useful - they're used to blow up enemies.

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