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UN's jihad against free speech

UN's jihad against free speech

Author: Robert Spencer
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 6, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/167486/UN's-jihad-against-free-speech.html

In a crushing blow to the freedom of speech worldwide, the UN Human Rights Council last Thursday approved a resolution calling upon member states to provide legal "protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general."

While the resolution speaks of religion in general, the proposal came from Pakistan and had the backing of the powerful 57-government Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the UN's largest voting bloc - so it was clear that Islam was the only religion the drafters of the resolution had in mind. This is underscored by the fact that Muslim states have worked energetically to make 'Islamophobia' the focus of Durban II - the UN's upcoming second World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. A draft declaration declares that "defamation of Islam" should be a criminal offence, even when it takes place under the "pretext" of "freedom of expression, counter-terrorism or national security".

In other words, if the OIC and the drafters of the Durban declaration get their way, any honest examination of how jihadis use Islamic texts and teachings to make recruits will be illegal. So not only does this herald the death of free speech, but it also leaves us mute and defenceless before the advancing global jihad.

This has been a long time coming. The UNHRC resolution and the Durban II draft are part of an international agenda agreed upon at the March 2008 meeting in Senegal convened by the OIC. At that convocation the OIC developed 'a battle plan' to defend Islam - but not from the terrorists who, as we hear all the time, have 'hijacked' their religion. Rather, the OIC declared its intention to craft a 'legal instrument' to fight against the threat to Islam they perceived "from political cartoonists and bigots".

The 'legal instrument' would criminalise what the OIC and other Islamic entities perceive as criticism of Islam. "Islamophobia, it has been declared, "cannot be dealt with only through cultural activities but (through) a robust political engagement." This is a careful euphemism calling for restrictions on freedom of speech.

Islam is a religion of peace, we are told. And anyone who argues otherwise better watch out. The only victors can be the jihadis themselves: Western authorities, already mired in politically correct myopia, will grow even more afraid to speak openly. The losers can only be those who value freedom of speech and understand why it is so important in a genuinely pluralistic society.


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