[Foundation-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 24 02:08:47 UTC 2008

Oldak Quill wrote:
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> On 23/02/2008, Florence Devouard wrote:
>>  It should not matter what the political advocacy of our
> governments are.
>>  It should not matter where we come from. It should not
> matter whether we
>>  are gays, or muslims, or newyorkers.
> As far as I know, where we come from, our sexual orientation or our
> religion doesn't matter to us. Wikimedia has no restrictions on who
> can edit based on any group that they belong to. There hasn't been any
> suggestion that this should or will change.
> The concern is that there are places in the world which, due to the
> national government it falls under, care about where we come from, our
> sexual orientation or our religion (or lack thereof).
> - --
> Oldak Quill (oldakquill at gmail.com)

This was not my point at all.
A previous editor made it a point to oppose US (wikipedians) to Egypt, 
insisting that Egypt government did not share our values, and giving it 
as an argument for wikimania not to be held in Egypt.

I am not convinced at all China government shares our values.
I am not convinced either France government shares our values.
I am not even convinced the USA government shares our values.

If we start giving as arguments for not going somewhere, the fact the 
government does not share our values, then we will not ever go somewhere.

I can perfectly realize that some countries are not as respectful than 
others about differences between people. That does not mean I think we 
should accept divisions of groups of people per countries within our 

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