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In March, Ihsanoglu had addressed the Human Rights Council with a call to establish “an Observatory at the Office of the High Commissioner to monitor acts of defamation of all religions… as a first step toward concerted action at the international level.” This “Observatory” would be an echo of the Saudi based Islamophobia Observatory of the OIC. And the “concerted action at the international level” would slowly push states to criminalize those hated cartoons in the name of combating Islamophobia.
As her alternative to Sharia’s judicial punishments, Clinton suggested, “old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.” And so we go from Cass Sunstein’s nudges to Hillary Clinton’s public shaming. How many more stages will it be till the train pulls into the beheading station?
Is it now the job of the state to ridicule dissenters from a religious practice? According to Clinton that would seem to be the case. And the media has been operating that way for some time now. But in the Muslim world, public shaming usually means something more serious than being mocked by a blowdried talking head on CNN or a Slate editor. And they’re not about to accept sneering pieces in the New York Times as a substitute for lashes or an execution.
Once we have accepted the idea that the government should be penalizing certain ideas in some way, then it’s a slippery slope from promoting “peer pressure and shaming” against dissenters, to turning to more active measures, some of which are already in place in Europe.
The OIC is presenting its consensus mechanisms as the reasonable alternative to the fanatics who will riot and kill over any offense, real or imagined. But that’s blackmail dressed up in a diplomatic tuxedo; freedoms passed around and given up as political protection money. And Ihsanoglu has never hesitated to point out that the alternative to doing business with the OIC is more violence and terrorism.
But is Ihsanoglu, who has embraced terrorists, really a peaceful alternative or another side of the same bloody coin? And is his agenda any different than that of the rioters and the terrorists. The violence is what gives the OIC its leverage to impose its demands on the free world. And giving in to those demands would mean an unprecedented assault on the United States Constitution until eventually it would come to resemble the Cairo Declaration with only those rights permitted by Sharia law still left standing.
That is the essence of the conflict. The Cairo Declaration states that all human beings are “united by their subordination to Allah”. We do not believe that, and it this makes us infidels in their eyes. This forms an irreconcilable gulf of premises and theories of governments. Our government is premised on individual rights, theirs on the obligation of all human beings to follow the Sharia. Our system is bottom up. Theirs is top down. Our system vests its final authority in the people. Theirs in the clerics.
Our highest value is also the basis for our system of government. So is their highest value. But our highest value allows us to live and let live. Theirs does not. Our system is based on freedoms, theirs on the theocratic tyranny of a slave empire.
Tyranny is upheld by its assertion. So is freedom. By asserting the freedom to think, the freedom to create and the freedom to believe, we can push back against the OIC and its agenda of theocratic tyranny.
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