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    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    UN Propoal: "defamation of religions and prophets is inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression"



    Here's
    a solution
    we can all enjoy. It would now protect human rights to protect a
    "prophet".

    According to the text of the Muslim countries' proposal, the new body should strive to

    "prevent instances of intolerance, discrimination, incitement of hatred and violence arising from any actions against religions, prophets and beliefs which threaten the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

    The proposal also says that "defamation of religions and prophets is inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression" and that states, organizations and the media have a "responsibility in promoting tolerance and respect for religious and cultural values."

    The proposal by 57 governments which are grouped in the Organization of the Islamic Conference comes as the outcry continues in the Muslim world over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.


    "Since the controversy over the cartoons, certain governments have expressed a wish to include a reference to the protection of particular values in the resolution" that would create a new UN Human Rights Council, said UN spokeswoman Marie Heuze.

    57 countries!

    So much for imagining these riots are supported only by some sort of radical
    fringe.

    Perhaps this prophet chap was right in warning against idolatry.



    Now here is something interesting. Muslims see themselves as victims of an upcoming
    holocaust
    ...

    It seems like a new crusade has started against Arabs and Muslims in the wake of September 11, 2001, led by neo-European Nazism. The victims are no longer the Jews, but Muslims spread over Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, and anywhere around the globe.

    Some of the European official policies against Muslims in Europe, such as deportation and deprivation of citizenship, have made some Jewish leaders warn that they are "the same taken against Jews in 1930s." The French Historian Gerard Nueril reminds us that both Hitler and Mussolini deprived Jews of citizenship, and he warns that "the procedures taken against Muslims in France today strongly remind us of how France treated the Jews in the thirties of last century."

    Facts show that Europe is launching a new Holocaust against Muslims around the world. What is happening to Muslims in Europe today is almost identical with what the Jews suffered at the beginning of the century. Muslims in Western countries find themselves obliged to change their names and suppress their religious identity to avoid a racist witch-hunt against them. "Freedom of the press" and "freedom of expression" do not permit violating or ridiculing other people's sanctities. Otherwise, no European country would have banned the mere discussion of the Jewish Holocaust.

    The Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, brought to humanity a message of peace, mercy and tolerance. The Muslim civilization that ensued from Mecca set the foundation for today's scientific and social development. What did those who dared insult him bring to humanity in comparison?

    Where can you find 5 muslim leaders preaching peace?

    When the West tells itself that these riots are the radical element of
    muslims, where are the moderates? Very quiet. No outrage at 9/11. No outrage at
    the Madrid bombings. No interest in giving this supposed moderate majority a
    public voice.

    Until the cartoons. Strange priorities.

    One thing muslims DO like to talk about however is
    punishment
    ..

    An influential imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday called for the imposition of stiff punishment on those daring to mock the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

    “All Islamic countries have condemned this act of crime,” Al-Sudais told the faithful..

    “We make a call from the podium of the Grand Mosque and the birthplace of Islam, on behalf of Muslims all over the world, that tough punishment should be imposed on those who make a mockery of the Prophet,” the imam said.

    “The repulsive cartoons depicting the Prophet have violated the sanctity of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world and their feelings.... This has exposed those who are actually promoting extremism, violence and hatred between peoples,” Sudais said.

    He praised Muslims all over the world for standing up to the challenge and protesting the publication of cartoons.

    "violated the sanctity" and "feelings".

    This is the pimple that has burst. The cartoons were not about sanctity and
    feelings. They were about people who use bombs, virgins as a reward for blowing
    oneself up, and fear about drawing a bearded man.

    Are radicals hiding behind a peaceful religion?

    These invisible "moderates" must prove their existence by making a voice. Then
    the cartoonists may finally feel remorse at hurting these people's
    "feelings".

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