Thursday, September 20, 2012

Death of Free Speech Report: OIC restarts push for global blasphemy laws

The movie was just the pretext for a more strident attempt to squelch any critical analysis of Islamic doctrine.  The OIC has been at the forefront of trying to get blasphemy laws passed through then UN, and their first try was less than successful.  Now they have more ammunition, and there is the very real chance they may get their wish this time around.  The cries for the suppression of "hate speech" as defined by Muslims themselves are growing louder.  We must protect the first amendment at all costs, for without the freedom to speak ones mind we are at the mercy of tyrants.

From Reuters September 19 by Robert Evans

Islamic states to reopen quest for global blasphemy law

(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.

In other words, keep your mouth shut and we will let you live...for now.  But if you piss us off again, which we know you will, we will destroy all that is sacred to you and your society.

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".

We are already on that path, so the next step would be the actual criminalizing of that kind of speech.  It's coming folks, mark my words.

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