Musharraf To UN: We Need A Ban On "Defamation Of Islam"
PAKISTANI President Pervez Musharraf today called for a ban on the "defamation of Islam" in a speech to the UN General Assembly in which he took a veiled swipe at Pope Benedict XVI for his remarks linking the Muslim faith to violence.
"We also need to bridge, through dialogue and understanding, the growing divide between the Islamic and Western worlds," General Musharraf told the 192-member assembly.
"It is imperative to end racial and religious discrimination against Muslims and to prohibit the defamation of Islam."
In an indirect reference to Pope Benedict XVI, he said, "It is most disappointing to see personalities of high standing oblivious of Muslim sensitivities at these critical moments".
Religion, along with the government, and the media, is an extremely powerful institution within a culture. We must be able to criticize powerful institutions within our culture. If we can not, then the power of the institution is unchecked, leaving the institution to run amok and become inhuman.
We can see that this has already happened with Islam in Islamic countries. Islam is able to get away with the inhuman things done in its name precisely because it is allowed to be beyond criticism.
Anyone who attempts to make a case against the Pope's comments, or against the Danish cartoons, or against this blog for that matter, is inviting the same conditions to take hold in the Western world.
Women, say hello to your burkas. Gay people, say hello to the big rock that will drop on your head. Dhimmis, submit to the jizya.