March 05, 2003
Freedom of T-shirt slogans

(Smug) American freedom of speech (war-)bloggers should check out this story. I was quite shocked myself:

Ananova - Man charged over peace T-shirt

A man has been charged with trespassing in a US shopping centre because staff objected to his T-shirt. It carried the slogans Peace On Earth and Give Peace A Chance.

(Also at MSNBC,, Google News)
Update: more in ABCNews, blogdex
Update2: corrected after realizing I had completely misunderstood Patrick Nielsen Hayden's intentions of his posting. Apologies, Patrick.

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Posted by: john on March 6, 2003 01:04 PM

Why are you calling me names?

I'm completely opposed to the impending war on Iraq, so I don't exactly know where you get off imputing that I'm a "(war) blogger".

Second, take another look at the post you link to with the word "smug." If I were so "smug" about American versus European freedom-of-speech practices, would I have specifically invited my European readers to provide perspective on that IHT story? And then thanked them when they did, urging everyone else to read their comments? How "smug" is that?

I doubt that you like being accused of holding views and attitudes you don't hold. I don't either.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden on March 6, 2003 02:26 PM

Patrick, in that case I totally misunderstood the tone in the posting I referred to in your blogs, and I'll be the first to apologize.

*adjusting original post*

Posted by: Anders Jacobsen on March 6, 2003 06:43 PM

Oh. Gracious, how handsome of you. My apologies in turn for being quite so cranky.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden on March 6, 2003 07:01 PM
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