How much $$$ would it take for you to censor the Dalai Lama?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 30, 2009
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Because other people’s right to Free Speech is nice, but Money is Forever.

We’ve posted on this phenomenon of Free Speech Capitalists readily caving to Communists before…Youtube and Google’s done it (despite their slogan, Don’t Be Evil). Then, Bing cravenly, greedily caved. Perhaps that’s why elephant has been banned in China.

Now, Apple caves in:

“We continue to comply with local laws,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an e-mail when asked about the missing apps. “Not all apps are available in every country”

At least five iPhone apps related to the Dalai Lama are unavailable in the China store. Some of those apps — named Dalai Quotes, Dalai Lama Quotes and Dalai Lama Prayerwheel — display inspirational quotes from the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another, Paging Dalai Lama, tells users where he is currently teaching. A fifth app, Nobel Laureates, contains information about Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama.

Click here for article. Still, the article is stupid, clumsy, wrong, hugely way off: the Dalai Lama does not advocate for freedom for Tibet, only political autonomy, the right to practice religion, and self-govern while existing peaceably under China’s rule. He’s more than happy to meet China half way, or more.

App Apt: How much $$$ would it take for you to censor the Dalai Lama? title borrowed with permission from our friend Bill Carroll’s tweet.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “How much $$$ would it take for you to censor the Dalai Lama?”

  1. Tom Frascone:

    "apple failure.

    well, at least they can still download & install banned apps using Installous (if you have a jailbroken iphone!)"

  2. anita shirreffs says:

    Screw Apple…
    Freedom of Speech, Religion and Right to Vote form the foundation of healthy society, yet these values are anathema to the Peoples Repubic of China. We keep saying that "inclusion" into organizations such as the WTO for China and awarding them the Olympics will change them. WHY? They don't to change!
    The Peoples Republic of China want us to change, and we are! … for the WORSE… just look at Apple (screw them).
    Long Live all the Great Teachers, especially these days.

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