By a vote of 85-50, with 42 abstaining, the U.N. General Assembly on Nov. 24 adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to change their laws to prevent “defamation of religions.”
“Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism,” we are reliably informed by the resolution. (In fact, they do this every year, though the margins of passage seem to be slipping.)
“This is just the latest shot in an intensifying campaign of UN resolutions that dangerously seek to import Islamic anti-blasphemy prohibitions into the discourse of international human rights law,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, an independent human rights monitoring group in Geneva.
“Human rights were designed to protect individuals — to guarantee every person free speech and free exercise of religion — but most certainly not to shield any set of beliefs, religion included.
“These resolutions legitimize the criminalization of free speech in countries like Sudan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia,” said Neuer. “Muslim moderates, bloggers, women seeking basic freedoms — all of these will be the first to suffer from the worsening climate of state repression in the name of state-supported Islamic orthodoxy.
“No less is today’s enactment aimed at the Western world, to intimidate anyone from criticizing radical Islam and those who commit violence in its name,” said Neuer.
Personally, I think condemning those occasions when Islam is "wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism” is a fine idea. Just as I believe we should condemn those occasions when Christianity, atheism, Buddhism, animism, the cult of Chthulu, the Sons of the Confederacy, and any other fine fraternal undertakings I may have forgotten to list are "wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism.”
I just want to know one thing. On how many occasions — in the past dozen years, let’s say — will the U.N. General Assembly acknowledge that Islam has been "RIGHTLY associated with human rights violations and terrorism”?
Come on. I don’t need a precise figure, here. Just a rough count will do. Start with 2001. Guys?
Surely they’re not going to contend there have been NO such cases … are they?
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