My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, September 30, 2005

A reminder about Vietnam...

My boyfriend and I spent a month visiting Vietnam in 2003, and we traveled with a doctor who was extremely critical of the regime. He had to make payoffs to the local communist party bosses...and he had lots of horror stories about life in Vietnam.

Here's a news snippet from Vietnam.
A business manager in Hanoi, Pham Hong Son, has spent 42 months in a Vietnamese prison. His crime: downloading an essay titled "What is Democracy?" from a U.S. State Department Web site, translating it and sending it to friends and senior Communist Party officials.

Mr. Son, 36, who worked for a pharmaceutical company, was convicted of espionage in Vietnam after a closed, one-day trial in June 2003. He was sentenced to 13 years, later reduced to five.