No Pandamonium!

Some funs afoot at the next Olympic Games in Bejing - no blathering on by Olympians about human rights or religion. Thank you, Chinese government. Finally, some “peace” and quiet during the games.

This all comes about because of a contract each Olympian will have to sign, found in section 4 - the Chinese magic number for DEATH by the way, of their deal with the Devil host of the next Olympics.

Spout off about human rights and zappo you will be escorted to the next plane back to a civilized country where freedom of speech is admired and thought of fondly – almost like a right or something.

I have not seen first hand the Chinese government’s contract of political silence but I have seen Chapter 51 of the International Olympic Committees rules. Here is what they say in part:

Section 51 of the International Olympic Committee charter; "provides for no kind of demonstration, or political, religious or racial propaganda in the Olympic sites, venues or other areas".

One might think you could fall back on Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution. What you didn’t know communist countries had constitutions? Here is the relevant bit:

Article 36 of China’s constitution declares that citizens “enjoy freedom of religious belief,” and that, “No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion. (Except the Fulan Gong religion is illegal in China.)

If I was going to draft a contract to keep Olympians mouths shut about human rights or religion I would draft it something like this:

“No political or religious communication critical of China, Chinese policy, or any Chinese official shall be broadcast except by approved media for any period before, during, or after the Bejing Olympics”.

That is about as close to McCain/Feingold as you can get in this case, and that law is “constitutional”, right?

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