UNITED NATIONS - Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being used to limit freedom of speech.
Combating Defamation of Religions passed 85-50 with 42 abstentions in a key UN General Assembly committee, and will enter into the international record after an expected rubber stamp by the plenary later in the year.
But while the draft's sponsors say it and earlier similar measures are aimed at preventing violence against worshippers regardless of religion, religious tolerance advocates warn the resolutions are being accumulated for a more sinister goal.
"It provides international cover for domestic anti-blasphemy laws, and there are a number of people who are in prison today because they have been accused of committing blasphemy," said Bennett Graham, international program director with the Becket Fund, a think tank aimed at promoting religious liberty.
"Those arrests are made legitimate by the UN body's (effective) stamp of approval."
Passage of the resolution is part of a 10-year action plan the 57-state Organization of Islamic Conference launched in 2005 to ensure "renaissance" of the "Muslim Ummah" or community.
While the current resolution is non-binding, Pakistan's Ambassador Masood Khan reminded the UN's Human Rights Council this year that the OIC ultimately seeks a "new instrument or convention" on the issue. Such a measure would impose its terms on signatory states.
"Each time the resolution comes up, we get a measure of where the world is on this issue, and we see that the campaign has been ramped up," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch.
I've got an idea of something we can do with a gun.
I got an idea of something we can do with a gun
Sink load and fire till the empire
Reaps what theyve sown
Shoot shoot shoot till their minds are open
Shoot shoot shoot till their eyes are closed
Push push push till we get some motion
Push push push till the bombs explode
I got an idea
We can do it
All on our own
Nothing to worry
Regret must weigh a ton
Kick kick kick till the laws are broken
Kick kick kick till the boots are worn
Hit hit hit till the truth is spoken
Hit hit hit till the truth is born
to ensure "renaissance" of the "Muslim Ummah" or community
Wow! That's a clear objective. I can't see how it's compatible with the ideals of Western democracy and freedom.
Nothing to see here, move alone, no need to be concerned. We'll protect you Jesus freaks too.
Average Well-Meaning Leftie: What's wrong with that? They just want to promote their culture.
I have two things to say about this.
courtesy of Protest Warrior.
We need a demonstration in front of the UN which immediately blasphemes all religions with phrases and pictures layered on top of a portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Maybe the UN demonstration should be quotes from the great blasphemers of history.
Yes, but there is one religion in particular we need to make sure it is blasphemous towards, Islam!
The UN is dead, finished, kaput. Kick their lying, dhimmified, sorry asses out of Turtle Bay before they bring about total planetary chaos.
I know, I know, but the Declaration of Human Rights ... right? Well yea, but what have they done for us lately?
I just can't take any more of this surreal shit.
Give the buildings to the Boy Scouts of America, or better yet, Act for America. If they don't want the infrastructure, you know, because of the stench, give it to Code Pink for f*ck sakes. How could anything be worse.
Don't give them another cent. Not one. In fact, demand they return a good portion of the loot.
Come on America, I know you're not suicidal, deep down inside, I know you're not. You're the best hope for the future. The brightest hope. you really are. Now put this horrible situation right. For everyone. For the little children.
«...and what Muslims want our appeasing leaders give them.»
Isn´t that weird?
To support UN is a tremendous waste of taxes money!
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