Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"...There is nothing unwise in criticizing any religion. All religions are regularly criticized. Why Islam should be an exception?"

One of the great questions of the age, but on which Muslims and their sycophants regularly skirt.  The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been trying for years to have anti defamation legislation passed by the UN, under the guise of "protection of all religions."  The fact is, if accepted it would criminalize any speech about Islam Muslims deem insulting, improper, demeaning or less than glowing.  No other religion makes such a case for being insulted; Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindu, virtually all belief systems take what is said about them in stride, never calling for heads to roll or blood to flow. Islam is the only one which has no capacity for self-regulation regarding what others say about them.

Saudi Arabia is in process of prosecuting Hamza Kashgari for blaspheming Muhammad and Islam.  Unless worldwide outrage is sufficient, Kashgari will probably be murdered.  All in the name of keeping Islam free from any criticism.  Any religion which cannot stand up to the light of critical analysis is a weak belief system.  If you need to continuously bolster your religion through the use of force, you need another religion.

From FaithFreedom Feb 15 by Ali Sina

How the West Is Fanning Islamic Extremism

Hamza Kashgari, a Saudi columnist may face death for sending three tweets.   Addressing the Prophet Muhammad he wrote, “I have loved the rebel in you,” but “I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.” He also wrote, “I shall shake [your hand] as equals do … I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”
The Saudi Twitter-sphere exploded with responses to Kashgari, with commentators accusing him of blasphemy. A Facebook account was immediately set up calling for his death and in no time over 13,000 Muslims subscribed to it.
Kashgari escaped to seek asylum in New Zealand, but he was detained in Malaysia. Despite pleas from several human rights organizations and a High Court injunction obtained by his lawyer to not extradite him back, where he would not receive a fair trial, he was quickly deported in a private plane. Malaysia does not have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia.
What makes this case even more disturbing is the fact that Saudi Arabia is reported to have used Interpol’s “red notice” system to locate and arrest the 23 year old journalist.  Police in Kuala Lumpur said Kashgari was detained at the airport “following a request made to us by Interpol.”
Muslim dissidents face dire consequences in Islamic countries. To a great extent the western media and the western governments are to be blamed. Not only they don’t condemn these human rights violations, they are often reticent to report them.  This silence is interpreted as a green light by the governments in Islamic countries and a seal of approval.
Muslim dissidents face constant threats to their lives and in western countries, their voices are systematically gaged.  The actions of the Saudi government, the Malaysian government and the thousands of fanatical Muslims who demanded the death of Kashgari are deplorable. But not a single government or news media condemned them.  Human rights organizations pleaded for his release, but none reproached the conduct of these two Muslim countries and the reaction of the people calling for this man’s death.
Those who speak out blame the victim instead of the abusers.  Jago Russell, the chief executive of the British charity Fair Trials International, which has campaigned against the blanket enforcement of Interpol red notices, said: “Interpol should be playing no part in Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of Hamza Kashgari, however unwise his comments on Twitter.”
Unwise!?  There is nothing unwise in criticizing any religion.  All religions are regularly criticized. Why Islam should be an exception?  Comments like this give Muslims the confirmation that Islam is above criticism.
Why not tell the truth and call the blasphemy law inhumane, evil and barbaric?  Killing someone for expressing his views is not civil. Why not call a spade a spade?
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