Sunday, November 22, 2009

Muslim countries seek to ban blasphemy world wide through UN.

Demonstration in London 2007
Four years after Danish cartoons lampooning Mohammed, the prophet and founder of Islam - prompting angry mobs to attack Western embassies in Muslim countries, including Lebanon, Iran, and Indonesia - Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols and beliefs from mockery — essentially a ban on blasphemy that would put them on a collision course with free speech laws in the West. Algeria and Pakistan in coordination with the OIC (the 56 - member Organization of the Islamic Conference) have taken the lead in lobbying to eventually bring the proposal to a vote in the U.N. General Assembly.

It’s obvious that the Organization of the Islamic Conference have long-term plans - plans which they will pursue tenaciously - to gain the moral high ground in their own draconian restrictions on freedom of speech, and to obtain what further restrictions they can, even in the West, on speech that criticizes or satirizes religion. The aim is to silence serious criticism of Islam, and if that means silencing serious criticism of other religions, too ...The problem with these so called ‘Muslim’ countries, who are always eager to name every and each country which is not Muslim, Christian, is that they have such a bad track record over human rights, women rights, minority rights and a disgusting approach of Jewish and Christian people in their press, that asking for a ban on blasphemy (of course Islam) is just too hypocrite for words. We don’t talk here about Hindus and Buddhists etcetera since those people are not even in their vocabulary. And second In their mosques, media and schools, Muslims regularly and officially denigrate Christian, Jews, the USA, Israel and in fact each developed country in the world.

Also, this is an issue that we should not lose sight of. Deep concern about the implications for freedom of speech - especially for freedom of speech that criticizes religious doctrines, practices, leaders, organizations, etc. - is totally appropriate. This is not just paranoia on the part of some scattered free speech advocates; it's very serious!

This is another attempt to impose theocratic rule upon non-theocratic nations. One of the few balances against rule by religious people and religious hysteria is that they are subject to criticism, wit and even satire. These help to deflate the self-important egos of religious charismatic’s who believe that they are divinely appointed. Look at Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, etc.

What are leaders of Muslim countries afraid of? Legitimate criticism of their religion in the form of cartoons that justifiably challenges Islam and, in effect, their leadership? Right!

Day Opening - November 22

Autumn by Andey Litov.