Monday, September 12, 2011

White House facilitating UN's 'anti-free speech' codes

A puzzling U.S. diplomatic initiative that was unveiled in July, Resolution 16/18, is poised to become a springboard for a greatly reinvigorated international effort to criminalize speech against Islam

Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center on Religious Freedom and co-author of the forthcoming "Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedoms Worldwide" - alerts us to the "unprecedented collaboration between the Obama administration and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, formerly called the Organization of the Islamic Conference) to combat 'Islamophobia'":

[...] The administration is taking the lead in an international effort to "implement" a U.N. resolution against religious "stereotyping," specifically as applied to Islam.

To be sure, the administration argues that the effort should not result in free-speech curbs. However, its partners in the collaboration, the 56 member states of the OIC, have no such qualms.

Many OIC states police private speech through Islamic blasphemy laws that the Saudi-based OIC has long worked to see applied universally. Under Muslim pressure, Western Europe now has laws against religious hate speech that serve as proxies for Islamic blasphemy codes.

Take the time to read the entire piece.


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