Al-ARABIYA reports: Islam chief demands the world stop demonizing Muslims. Islam respects Freedom of Expression. MUWAHAHAHAHAHA
” Attempts to equate Islam with terrorism should be stopped. Stereotyping and demonization of Muslims should be combatted,” according to the head of the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference). ROTFLMAO
OIC says there is a rising tide of discrimination against Muslims
The world’s top diplomat for Islam called on Friday for an end to efforts to equate the religion with terrorism and said the ‘demonization’ of Muslims around the world must be fought.
But speaking soon after the U.N. General Assembly passed an Islamic-sponsored resolution condemning “defamation of religion” for the fourth year in a row, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said his group was committed to respecting freedom of expression.
There was a “rising tide of incitement to religious hatred and discrimination and intolerance targeting Muslims,” he told a meeting called by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) at the United Nations in Geneva.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
In a statement on Ihsanoglu’s remarks, Geneva spokesman for the International Humanist and Ethical Union Roy Brown argued that Islam was often linked to terror because perpetrators of many terrorist acts identify themselves as Muslims. (WELL DUH…)
Critics of the OIC — including countries who voted against the “defamation” motion at U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday — say many Islamic states use defamation or “blasphemy” laws against minorities and free-thinkers. The aim of the OIC, he declared, “is not to protect religion against critics based on objective and rational interrogation”. The body, he added, “is firmly committed to respect for freedom of expression, which is a fundamental human right.”
I guess these clowns are clueless about this: Islamic Nations Push to End Free Speech at the UN.
GENEVA — Islamic proposals to ban criticism of religion, which have gathered strength since the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad two years ago, threaten to derail an already troubled U.N. anti-racism conference planned for next year.
The European Union rejects suggestions by Algeria — backed by other Muslim and African countries — that limits on free speech are needed to stop the publication of offensive articles and images.
Supporters of the proposal, who have been pushing for such a ban to be included in international anti-discrimination charters, want it discussed in April at a high-level United Nations anti-racism meeting in Geneva.
But European diplomats say that is out of the question. (HOORAY! The Euros finally discovered their balls) “We have made it clear from the start that we will not negotiate,” French diplomat Daniel Vosgien told The Associated Press on Wednesday. France currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-nation EU.
The U.N. expert on freedom of expression, Frank LaRue, has criticized so-called “anti-blasphemy laws” used to protect religion in some countries. “Such laws are often used to prevent legitimate criticism of powerful religious leaders and to suppress the views of religious minorities, dissenting believers and nonbelievers, and are applied in a discriminatory fashion,” LaRue said in a statement released Monday.
Israel and Canada have already said they will stay away because of concerns that the meeting will see a repeat of anti-Semitic outbursts that marred the first anti-racism conference Durban, South Africa, in 2001. The United States has also indicated it may stay away from the meeting, dubbed “Durban II.” (MAY stay away? How dare we even consider attending such a travesty of reason?)
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