The Kuwaiti Times reported that they overturned the convictions of two men who are working for reform in that nation. Khaled AlFadala and journalist and blogger Mohammed Abdulqader Al-Jassem were ordered released yesterday. Khaled was the subject of an essay last week, and the Citizen was surprised to see readers from every corner of the world reading the article. It was nice to see widespread support for men who were willing to sacrifice for the values Americans take for granted.
This should serve as a reminder of how precious the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution truly are – or should be – for Americans. When men suffer fines and prison sentences for being critical of their government, we should think about our activities. How many of us would be willing to continue blogging, being active in our special interest groups and criticizing government – if a prison sentence was a price of speaking out?
The Citizen joins a lot of other people celebrating the ringing of the Bell of Liberty in Kuwait. Let’s pray that it continues to ring, that it draws more people from behind their closed doors.