Today, our global community finds itself in the midst of a human rights crisis. Many governments and institutions around the world are punishing individuals simply for deviating from, in word or in deed, religions and commonly practiced cultural customs.
Consider just a few examples:
Despite what leaders in these countries would have us believe, the right to freedom of expression is not a luxury valued mainly by Westerners. Several important international treaties and agreements, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, make clear that freedom of expression is a universal right possessed by all persons, regardless of geography or nationality.
Laws restricting human thought and speech are unacceptable. No person should face social or legal punishment simply for speaking about his or her beliefs in public -- and no topic should be off limits.
Write your elected officials now and tell them to make the promotion of the right to freedom of expression an integral part of their legislative and political
Tell Congress and the Administration to Support Freedom of Expression
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write you today as a friend of the Center for Inquiry to alert you to the Campaign for Free Expression, the organization's new initiative that focuses on defending one of the most basic and foundational human rights: the freedom to speak our minds.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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