As many Western countries plead for Islamic countries (specifically Pakistan) to abolish their barbaric blasphemy laws, Islamic states are now reopening their quest for a global blasphemy law, making it an international crime to offend Islam and eventually to criticize it too.
The Islamic demand for the law has been turned down in the past, due to Western countries stating that is collides with the values of freedom of speech and expression, so this time the Muslims have attempted to dilute it and deceive gullible Western politicians, by making insults against ALL religions an international criminal offence, but we all know which religion would need to be insulted to warrant a criminal charge, I cannot exactly see an Islamic state demanding an arrest if somebody insulted Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism etc.
This is yet another encroachment on the Western world, our values and way of life. It is an attempt to further the strength of the Islamic Caliphate world wide and at the same time crushing our core values of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, values which many fought and died for to retain.
(Reuters) – A leading Islamic organization signaled on Wednesday that it will revive long-standing attempts to make insults against religions an international criminal offence.
The bid follows uproar across the Muslim world over a crude Internet video clip filmed in the United States and cartoons in a French satirical magazine that lampoon the Prophet Mohammad.
But it appears unlikely to win acceptance from Western countries determined to resist restrictions on freedom of speech and already concerned about the repressive effect of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries such as Pakistan.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said the international community should “come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression”, a reference to Western arguments against a universal blasphemy law that the OIC has sought for over a decade.
He said the “deliberate, motivated and systematic abuse of this freedom” were a danger to global security and stability.
Separately, the Human Rights Commission of the OIC, which has 57 members and is based in Saudi Arabia, said “growing intolerance towards Muslims” had to be checked and called for “an international code of conduct for media and social media to disallow the dissemination of incitement material”.
Western countries have long argued that such measures would run counter to the U.N.’s core human rights declaration on freedom of expression and could even open the door to curbs on academic research.
As if to underline the point, a conference in Geneva of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which groups the world’s major Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical churches, urged Pakistan to abolish its blasphemy law, which carries a possible death penalty.
Critics say the law is widely misused to persecute non-Muslims, and cite this month’s case of a Muslim cleric detained on suspicion of planting evidence suggesting that a 14-year-old girl had burned Islamic religious texts.
Pakistani Christians and Hindus at the WCC gathering said a global law against blasphemy, or “defamation of religion”, would only endorse on an international scale the religious intolerance seen in Pakistan and in other Islamic countries.
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