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Hmm Freedom.

I guess you have not been paying attention in Tenessee - Republicans - it's always the Republicans. Trump is a Republican. Republicans are always the ones who are about banning books - and since they don't stand up and say it is wrong then they are guilty of "going along with book banning". Silence can be deafening.

I don't live in China - I live in Hong Kong - I can read any books in Hong Kong. Albeit books critical of china directly have not been allowed - similar to books in Thailand critical of the king. Books are not banned in Canada - and when people have tried to ban books in Canada - it is always Conservatives who try to ban them. Conservatives are Canada's version of Republicans. It's always the Republicans on team "book burning." I'd be embarrassed to be on that team - you are on that team - why do you go along with it?

China bans books - that is bad. That is very bad. So maybe you should call out Republicans and Trumpers for wanting to follow in China's and Russia's footsteps? I remember when Reagan Republicans cared about free speech and free press. What happened?

Maybe we both actually agree on something - book banning is bad. So why is it the left who has to say it - why are you and other Republicans not writing letters to Tennessee saying "I am a Trump supporter and life long Republican and I demand that you not ban books. It is a person's freedom of choice to read about books they wish to read about. Where are you on this? The Tennesse school boards and others who are Trump voters won't listen to lefties on the matter - they might listen to YOU. Why are YOU not standing up to them - why are you just going along with them? And when a Mitt Romney or Liz Cheney stands up in defiance on the batcrap crazy - it is them who are renounced! Sad.

Fortunately, in Hong Kong, I can read MAUS and Animal Farm and 1984. Maybe not for too much longer but then I will leave HK if and when that time comes that it finally falls.

I teach at a Catholic School, down the road is a Mormon church, and there are plenty of Mosques in Hong Kong.

"According to the 2016 census, Islam is practised by 4.1% of the population of Hong Kong, or about 300,000 Muslims. Of this number, 50,000 are Chinese, 150,000 are Indonesians and 30,000 are Pakistanis, with the rest from other parts of the world. The vast majority of Muslims in Hong Kong are Sunni."

Might be a decent idea to actually know the difference between Hong Kong and China. Every time one of you Deliverance Trumpette crackpots mentions Xie you prove yourselves to be ignorant morons.

And let's put freedom into some context shall we

The overall ranking of Freedom worldwide is divided into two sections

Personal freedom involves indicators such as the fairness of the laws, personal safety, freedom of movement and assembly, freedom of religion, freedom to run for political office, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and expression, and freedom to pursue same-sex relationships or obtain a divorce.

Economic freedom observes indicators such as the size of the government and degree of overbearance it imposes, tax and interest rates, the impartiality of the courts and integrity of the legal system, freedom to participate in financial markets and/or trade internationally, minimum wage, the cost of starting a business, the presence or absence of conscription (obligatory government work), and general freedom to prosper financially without intervention from the government or economic authority.

The 12 Categories of the Human Freedom Index:

Rule of Law
Security and Safety
Association, Assembly, and Civil Society
Expression and Information
Identity and Relationships
Size of Government
Legal System and Property Rights
Access to Sound Money
Freedom to Trade Internationally

As of 2022, Hong Kong ranks as number 30th freest country in the world. China ranks 150th. The United States ranks 15th. The top ten are all "socialism/capitalism high safety net, pro middle class and worker rights nations."

Switzerland — 9.11
New Zealand — 9.01
Denmark — 8.98
Estonia — 8.91
Ireland — 8.90
Canada — 8.85
Finland — 8.85
Australia — 8.84
Sweden — 8.83
Luxembourg — 8.80

Hong Kong still ranks ahead of other notable nations such as Poland, France, Panama, South Korea, Israel, Hungary, Thailand, The Philippines and for "personal freedom" ranks way ahead of the United States. https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/freedom-index-by-country

Tenessee as you must have missed it as they probably don't report it on Fox.

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