Monday, January 26, 2009

The Islamic war on free speech

From National Review, 2009: A year to defend free speech.
The Islamic bloc has been on record for two decades as opposing free speech. In 1990, foreign ministers of the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), currently the largest voting bloc in the United Nations, adopted the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. It states clearly that Islamic law—sharia—is the only true source of human rights. Few analysts in 1990 understood that this was tantamount to declaring the legitimacy of institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims, and signing the death warrant of freedom of speech and freedom of conscience as well. And not just in Muslim lands: The OIC and allied organizations have been aggressively pursuing efforts to extend elements of sharia into the West, though few people realize it even today.

Due to the relentless efforts of the OIC, passage of a resolution on combating defamation of religions is now a yearly ritual in the United Nations. First introduced in the General Assembly in 2005, the resolution has been adopted with landslide votes every year since. While this resolution is non-binding, the OIC has declared its intention to seek a binding resolution—one that would require UN member states to criminalize criticism of Islam, as the OIC defines such criticism. This is a clear indication of the progressing Islamization of the United Nations.

On March 28 of last year, the UN hit rock bottom. Its Human Rights Council—whose members include such stalwart defenders of freedom as China, Cuba, Angola, and Saudi Arabia—adopted a resolution that severely modified the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. Instead of simply reporting on cases in which the right to free expression is being violated, the special rapporteur will now also have to report on cases in which that right is being “abused”—including when individuals use their freedom of speech to criticize Islam, or the particular elements of Islam that jihadists use to justify violence and Islamic supremacism. In essence, this means that the function of the special rapporteur has changed 180 degrees—from safeguarding the rights of individuals who hold unpopular or controversial ideas, to trying to limit the freedom of individuals to express such ideas.
I heard a report on NPR this morning about a man in Georgia who murdered his own daughter in an "honor killing." Not once in the entire report did they specify the man's essential motive. Even the LEO who they snatched a soundbite from sounded like he had been coached; he was allowed to say "because of his religious beliefs" but not to say what that religion was. The man was from Pakistan. He murdered his daughter because he claimed she had "brought shame to the family."

On the other hand, we all heard over and over again about the "fundamentalist Mormon sect" who were practicing polygamy and had fundamentalist Mormon old men marrying fundamentalist Mormon young girls. By the way, did we mention the fundamentalist Mormon part? Because they were, you know.

Connect the dots.

via The Liberty Sphere

1 comment:

  1. You might remember the old "Ripping Yarns" episode where the Germans try to invade England by the mere expedient of giving the inhabitants of a small Cornish village free vacations and then moving into their houses. The same thing has happened, but with Muslims, in France,Great Britain, and other European countries. Powerful blocs of immigrants are seizing control of governments through legal channels, changing the very nature of a nation and people. France, once famous as the most Catholic country in Europe, now has more mosques than churches. There is a whole book, titled "Londonistan", on the way that city has become a power base for Muslim interests. I'm afraid that with the speed that Chinese are buying up properties in America that we will wake up one day required to speak Mandarin. There are forces within our own country who wish us to become "global"; that is, anything but American.