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The right to express oneself

The
effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin hanging by the neck at a West Hollywood home as a Halloween display, though somewhat tasteless, was checked out by the U.S. Secret Service and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. And according to The Associated Press, two men in Lexington, Kentucky, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after putting up an effigy of the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.

I don’t know how Japan is, but I consider it my right as a U.S. citizen to put up an effigy of either Palin or Obama, so long as no crimes are committed. But why would The Japan Times run a picture of an effigy of a particular U.S. political candidate anyway — unless someone in Japan put one up on Tokyo Tower? I wonder how the Tokyo police would handle that.

t. mamoru hanami

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