OIC Ramps Up ‘Islamophobia’ Campaign

Deborah Weiss, Esq. is a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine and the Washington Times. She is a contributing author to “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network” and the primary writer and researcher for “Council on American Islamic Relations: Its Use of Lawfare and Intimidation.” You can find more of her articles on www.vigilancenow.org


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has long been on the forefront of the Islamist mission to establish the equivalent of Islamic blasphemy laws in the West.  Now, during its 12th Islamic Summit held in Cairo February 7-8, 2013, the OIC set forth new and creative ways to silence, and ultimately criminalize criticism of Islam.

The OIC is a 57-member state organization that claims to represent 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe.  As the second largest international organization in the world, behind only the UN, and as the largest Islamic organization in the world, it is obviously quite powerful.  Though it is arguably the largest voting block in the UN, most people have never heard of it.

One of the OIC’s primary aims for at least the last fourteen years has been the international criminalization of speech that is critical of any Islam-related topic, including Islamic terrorism, Islamic persecution of religious minorities and human rights violations committed in the name of Islam.

Since 1999, the OIC has set forth UN resolutions that would “combat defamation of religions.”  These resolutions condemned criticism of religion, but in the OIC’s interpretation, it applied only to Islam.  True statements of fact constituted no exception.

Support for the resolutions declined once the United States and other Western countries caught wind of the true meaning of “defamation of religions” and its inevitable chilling effect on freedom of expression.

In 2011, at the State Department’s request, the OIC drafted an alternative resolution that was intended to retain freedom of expression and still address the OIC’s concerns about alleged Islamophobia.  The result was Resolution 16/18 to Combat Intolerance Based on Religion or Belief.

The US State Department and numerous Christian organizations were elated, believing that the OIC had abandoned its mission to protect Islam from so-called “defamation,” and instead replaced it with the goal of protecting persecuted religious minorities from discrimination and violence.  In other words, many assumed a paradigm shift away from providing legal protections to a religion and toward legal protections for people.

But the OIC had some very creative interpretations of the language embodied in the new resolution.  By its manipulation of words such as intolerance and incitement, giving new meanings to what many thought was plain English, the OIC made it clear that it had not dropped its ultimate goal of protecting Islam from “defamation.”

Almost immediately upon its passage and the passage of a similar resolution in the General Assembly, the OIC set out on the unconventional task of “implementing” Resolution 16/18, contrary to the norm of leaving UN resolutions in the realm of the theoretical.

Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department acted as a willing accomplice in this effort, holding the second “Istanbul Conference” in December of 2011.  But, in its implementation phase, rather than moving toward the preservation of free expression, the OIC successfully moved the process in the opposite direction:  toward speech restrictive policies.

Though the U.S., thus far, has not pushed for the enactment of “hate speech” laws, it has “advocated for other measures to achieve the same result.”  Indeed, at this Administration’s behest, all national security training materials and policies “de-link” any interpretation of Islam from Islamic terrorism.  Many U.S. government agencies have now made it verboten to mention Islamic terrorism or assert anything negative about Islam.

The OIC’s task is easier in the EU countries, most of which already have some sort of hate speech restrictions.  They vary from country to country.  Some are cast as laws against the “denigration of religions”; some are “hate speech” laws; some are “public order” laws and some are “incitement to religious hatred” laws.  Additionally, the penalties can range from civil fines to jail time depending on the country.  The U.S. is the last hold out on retaining true freedom when it comes to matters of speech.

This past February, the OIC held an Islamic Summit, a high-level meeting held every three years.  It is the OIC’s largest meeting.  Heads of State and high ranking officials from member states attend.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide guidance pertinent to the realization of the objectives provided for in the OIC Charter and to consider other issues of importance to member states and the Islamic Ummah.  This year’s theme for the agenda was “The Muslim World:  New Challenges and Expanding Opportunities.”

Though the summit focused largely on Syria, Mali, and the “Palestinian issue,” the OIC also made it clear that it would ramp up its efforts to defeat “Islamophobia.”

The OIC is fastidiously working on the creation of legal instruments to address and combat “Islamophobia.”  Renewing its commitment to mobilize the West to comply with Islamic blasphemy laws, the OIC vowed to push for nation states to enact laws that will criminalize the “denigration of religions” during in its next Istanbul conference, anticipated to take place this June.

Further, it is requesting that the UN start an international mechanism that could serve as an “early warning system” against instances of discrimination and intolerance on religious grounds.  Specifically, the OIC is proposing the creation of an observatory at the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, presumably analogous to the Observatory on Islamophobia that the OIC already maintains.  The difference would be that the new observatory would be overseen by an internationally sanctioned entity (the UN) and would expand to all religions.

It is fair to say that since Islamist organizations have coordinated campaigns across the world that encourage and solicit reports of either real, feigned, staged or imagined incidents of “Islamophobia,” the new “empirical data” that such an observatory would collect, would still be drastically skewed.  No other religion has a worldwide campaign instructing its members to report unpleasant truths as “bigotry” or to complain about slights as minor as “hostile looks.”

Additionally, the OIC is continuing to use the language embodied in pre-existing legal instruments in order to make it harder for Western countries to object.  For example, Resolution 16/18 mirrors some of the language in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  ICCPR, Article 20 states “the advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.”  The U.S. rightly signed a reservation to this clause, effectively opting out, insisting that Americans retain the right to exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech.

Further, though Article 20 makes such speech illegal, it leaves the definition of these terms open to interpretation and does not specify that the illegality must be criminal in nature.  Despite this, Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, spokesman for the OIC Secretary General, insists that pursuant to Article 20 the “denigration of symbols or persons sacred to any religion is a criminal offense.”

Such claims are indicative of the legal and linguistic gymnastics that the OIC will use to achieve its goal to “combat defamation of Islam” and to export Islamic blasphemy laws, labeling them as something aesthetically easier to swallow.

At the Summit, OIC members also unanimously elected Iyad Madani to the post of OIC Secretary General.  His term is to commence in 2014 when current Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s term expires.  This is the first time that the OIC will be headed by a Saudi.

Though the current OIC regime is comprised of sticklers for Islamic blasphemy laws and staunch advocates for the obliteration of Israel, it is likely that the OIC will become even more extreme under Madani.  Compared to the Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia, Ihsanoglu and gang can be considered reformers pushing “Islam lite.” The election of a former Saudi Minister to head the largest Islamic organization in the world and lead the UN’s most powerful voting bloc is a bad omen of what’s to come.  Indeed, it would come as no surprise if under its new leadership, the OIC’s old leadership would be labeled “Islamophobic.”

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  • Western Canadian

    Almost funny. The most vicious 1400 year crime against humanity, playing the victim card. Almost funny. And absolutely criminal.

    • mark

      Personally, its not criminal, its evil.

    • phenry

      You stated it so well. That is the latest and most effective strategy of the left and all freedom-hating groups. Cry discrimination and attack all views of common sense and reality. The Islamists have learned to follow the example of the gay rights movement as it seeks to silence and demonize all critics. The biased propaganda has already made its way into America's public schools through fabricated history lessons on Islam. The textbooks are completely pro-Islamic and never allow for any type of criticism of the violent ideology that promotes and supports modern terrorism. I wrote a book called, "America's Last Stand?", to warn and alert parents of what their children are learning about Islam in the classroom. The main goal is to not only inform parents but to motivate them to protest the type of indoctrination that is being thrust upon their children. I am fully aware that the problem is not only here in America, but is occurring throughout the entire world. So if we do not speak up now, soon we will lose the sacred right to speak at all.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Oh yeah…the BIGGEST bugaboo of all, "Islamophobia". Yet, if not for their leftist helpmates/co-conspirators, their gravy train would not have left the station, having the ability to implant itself on western shores – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/06/islamophobia-

    A scourge to western civilization.

    Addina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • conservativeboy

    If defamation of religion be criminalized then islam should be banned because it defames Judaism, Christianity, and polytheistic beliefs. Time is then to organize the lawsuite. Sorry, I am still struggling with my english. Hope you got the massage.

    • Jacob Riley

      I beg to differ here pal. Don't be such a smart ass. I know y'all don't understand Islam. But that doesn't mean that you insult it. Islam in fact is the true religion if you ask me. At least it gives all humans rights including women. I have researched much on Islam

      • RoguePatriot6

        Really? Just curious, where does anyone else get off trying criminalize freedom of speech. If it's so great then why do people who want to establish Shariah law refuse to live in an Islamic Republic?

        "Islam in fact is the true religion if you ask me. At least it gives all humans rights including women."
        You are from earth, aren't you?

      • mark

        Only someone that knows what islam is from the books that teach islam, realise the utter evil depravity of the lies you just told.

        Lets just look at one of your lies though, that wil be enough to expose you.

        The only rights islam gave woman was the right that her husband have no more than four wives and that she has the right of half the inheritance if her husband dies.

        Normal, non evil people, do not consider it a womans right, to be beaten, raped, lied to or killed by her husband if he tires of her, or of her husband having sex with her after she is dead, nor of her father honour killing her if she runs away from her abusive husband back to her parents, same parents being allowed to honor kill her for bringing shame on the family by leaving her husband, same fathers in some cases seeming to think raping her before or after they kill her as some sort of restoring of their honour action

        Then we have islams legalising paedophilia because of the example of muhamad.

        Interesting isnt it, that when you muslims tell non muslims about muhamad, you have to ignore (hide) what the quran/hadiths and sira, the books that teach about what muhamad did and the way he was.

        Shall we get onto all the barbaric, evil filth that sharia law proscribes?

        Isnt it great that more non muslims are finding out that islam, unlike any other religion, teaches that lying to non muslims to disguise how evil islam is, is considered a holy workl to advance islam :)

        Which of course reveals another aspect, in that muslims both know islam is so evil you have to lie to hide what it really teaches from non muslims AND that you actually follow the evil and thus evil yourselves.

      • Drakken

        You know exactly jacks**t about islam and it is glaringly obvious that the so called reseach is complete utter nonsense, open a bloody newspaper everyday and see who blew up what today, it is happening all over the world and the common demonator is islam, human rights? Only in your little world.

      • Snorbak

        Jacob, I too beg to differ.
        Don't be such a dumb ass. I would be interested to know what your reference sources were for your "research".
        It is because I do understand Islam that I can & will be critical of it, ie; Islam is the most intolerant, vile & hateful of all the worlds religions.
        Islam is the true religion eh? except that it is preceded roughly 600 years by Christianity & several thousand years by Judaism.
        Your comment; "…gives all humans rights including women" is a key indicator to the amount of research you have obviously not undertaken.

    • phenry

      You are absolutely right. In fact, Islam attacks all other groups and religions, both legally and literally. However, there is a lack of courage from most in government and other leadership to challenge or at least stand up to the Islamic groups in the public or legal arena. In my book, "America's Last Stand?", I use the same logic as you. I argue that if it is unconstitutional to promote or present any other religion in public schools, then it should be unconstitutional to have lessons on Islam presented in a biased and favorable fashion. In other words, Islam should be presented as any other subject, especially when it comes to history. The material should be verifiable rather than fabricated in such a way that shows Islam only in a positive light. If it okay to criticize and hold accountable all other political and religious organizations, then criticism of Islam should be allowed as well.

  • mike

    What a joke!!! They have christians in jail in the middle-east for being christian and they want us to treat them special because they are muslim? No way!!! Freedon of speech is what made this nation great along with freedom of religion and the main reason is Jesus Christ. We are free indeed!

    • phenry

      Amen, brother! You are correct on all points stated. Well said.

  • ELISHAWAH

    TAKE HEED,THIS IS A WARNING TO WHAT IS LEFT TO THE CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD,AND TO THE JUST AND UPRIGHT.I AM A PROPHET AND SAINT OF THE GREAT GOD YAHWEY,THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,ISAAC,AND JACOB…CONCERNING ISLAM,IT IS THE BEAST,DRAGON,AND FALSE PROPHET,IT IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER AND IT WILL HAVE IT'S WAY UNTILL IT BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY BY THE RETURN OF YAHWEY.AND IT WILL BRING DESTRUCTION TO THIS PLANET BY MEANS OF A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE.QUOTE "THE MEAN MAN BOWETH DOWN AND THE MIGHTY MAN HUMBLETH HIMSELF,THEREFORE THE WORLD IS LAID WASTE"…CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.

    • Slay the AntiChrist

      The reason you are still alive today is because God had pity on such a creature like yourself.

      • Jake-a-runi

        There is no such thing as a god outside the collective delusion of humankind. All other simians HAVE a head monkey and the old gray-back can be seen any time, scuffling arround just like everyone else. That the overwhelming majority of our species doesn't understand how different and special we are, and can't shake the notion that there is an uber creature in charge of every thing, is clear testimony that humankind is unsuited for perpetuated existence as the planet's nascent species. There are simply too few thinkers and too many believers and we are doomed.

  • warren raymond

    Its not a joke. This is a very serous matter that is generally misunderstood and underestimated. The white house, the DHS, the military, the media: everything in the U.S. is highly infiltrated and our enemies have the upper hand while America is still fast asleep.

    Wake up, people! Take your country back.

    • phenry

      Great comment. You are one of the Americans that are aware of what is really going on in our country and the world. Like Rome, there is no way that the America or its military could be defeated unless it was from within. Whether it be from cowardice or from being paid off, our leadership are allowing our enemies to penetrate our walls of security. But worst of all, the enemy is allowed to mislead our children in public schools. That is why I wrote my book, "America's Last Stand?". The curriculum and lessons are being organized in such a way as to promote Islam while criticizing all other religious and political groups. Of course, the lessons are also anti-American and full of propaganda that is critical of our forefathers who had the courage to fight and break free of earlier tyrannical leaders.

  • Francisco bravo

    Can I call the prophet a pervert.?

    • ELISHAWAH

      They call good evil,and evil good.the truth is a lie and a lie is the truth.they call light darkness,and darkness light.san Francisco,we see where your mind and heart is.

  • Francisco Bravo

    I just posted a message, calling the prophet a pervert and the frontpagemag PC police deleted the post, until we grow some balls we will never win this battle against the evil Islamic supremacy ideology.

    • Infovoyeur

      Yeah, I don't know about a perversion remark being "appropriate," but should anything be deleted at this site? Some weeks ago FPM seemed to delete a strident rant by what could be called an Islamicist Supremacist proclaiming the usual Utopian fervor for Global Conquest to banish man-to-man evil forever and bring heaven to earth via Submission to the only solution.(Seemingly like Communism predicting class-less perfection, Condorcet (early French) feeling "reason" will save humanity), perhaps Leftist dreams of a world-government accomplishing the same thing.) I feel it would have been useful to have left up the rant, as a laboratory specimen of this major but unattainable Utopian world-view in which many believe, as against the Tragic view of human im-perfectability in the worldly sphere simply because of Human Nature. At least this reminds of the big issue of "amelioration of the Human Condition possible or not?"

    • kafir4life

      I see you "questioning" if you can call the pervert (mohamandcheese) a prophet (not deleted). I would say no to that. But the false prophet mohamat IS (was) a pervert. That's just a fact. He invented the gutter cult of islam, he invented the moon god, allahaha, he shat the koran, he had sex with animals, he murdered, he raped, he was the most vile thing to ever inhabit the planet (perhaps the current crop of muslims are worse, I'm not sure).

    • mark

      Pointing out what God allready said in the bible does not make someone a prophet, that is when what is said is actually in the bible of course.

    • mark

      Huuuum, muhamads various and many sexual perversions are documented in the books that teach islam – quran (which gives only 20% of islam teachings) and the hadiths and sira

  • Jaladhi

    Traitors in our government are working on behalf of OIC to make this criminal venture possible to restrict our freedom of expresssion!!

  • Sonya

    A very well written article on the creeping influence of the OIC to end free speech. Thank you!

  • LindaRivera

    Muslims and the OIC want COMPLETE FREEDOM to perpetrate terrible things against non-Muslim innocents and prosecute any non-Muslim who protests.

    By wickedly colonizing Britain with millions of Muslims-ethnically cleansing Brits and supporting Muslim terrorists, UK leaders have deliberately placed the British people in terrible danger.

    Abu Baseer in London: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    Muslims wage rape jihad on hated infidel females throughout Europe and other countries. UK ruling elites stomp on our children who are offered up as a sacrifice to Islam.
    Ruling elites ALLOW and are COMPLICIT in the cruel massive Muslim rape jihad against many thousands of Britain’s defenseless children.

    South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council Are Complicit in Child-Rape
    …thousands of predominately Pakistani Muslim gang rapes of white English girls in the Rotherham area… http://britishfreedom.org/south-yorkshire-police-

    British Schoolgirl’s Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO1yN-eKjmo

    Muslim Gangs Drug & Rape Children All Over The UK – Britain Finally Starts To Wake Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLzhI7rEYqE

    Our leaders bow low to Islam’s death god and cooperate fully with the Islamic goal to wreak havoc, misery, despair and the total destruction of safety and freedom.

    Koran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Koran 8:39)

  • LindaRivera

    Devout, Quran-obedient Muslims are FAR worse than communists and God-hater Hitler and his vile Nazis.

    Under Islam, Egypt’s Christians have lived in hell for centuries. The kidnappings, rapes and violent conversion to Islam of Christian children and other horrors has worsened under the Muslim Brotherhood. What happened to Christian Egypt is a WARNING to the world.

    The next stage of a nation conquered by Muslims is the MASSIVE kidnapping of non-Muslim female CHRISTIAN children by male Muslims. The kidnappings are perpetrated with the full cooperation of ruling elites, courts and the police. The agonized parents NEVER get their beloved children back. The severely abused, terrorized girls are FOREVER separated from their loving parents and family. These terrible crimes against God and humanity must NOT be allowed to happen in Europe and Britain!

    Egyptian Christian Copts cry out in agony:
    SAVE US O LORD! WE HAVE NONE BUT YOU!

    The Passion of the Copts http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

    Comment by Egyptian Christian Copt underneath video:

    “OUR WOMEN ARE TO BE ENSLAVED IN ISLAM OUR MEN ARE TO BE KILLED AND AMERICA RECEIVES MILLIONS OF ISLAMISTS WITH OPEN ARM AND REFUSE TO GIVE US ASYLUM.”

    The suffering of non-Muslims in Muslim countries is beyond bearing. God help our brother and sister non-Muslims! We must not allow this to happen in Britain, Europe America and other Western nations!

    NO SURRENDER, EVER!

  • LindaRivera

    Muslim leaders believe they have the right to say terrible things about the Jewish people! But non-Muslims must not be allowed to protest atrocities and barbaric mass murders by Muslims of non-Muslims!

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  • mark

    Note to site owner/admins, thanks for the facility to post comments as guest without having to sign in with facebook etc.

    I am not happy with the security of some of them and some sites its via them or else one cannot comment, sadly many online newspapers are doing that also.

  • pinnie

    LAST TIME I LOOKED… CHRISTIAN HEADS WERE ROLLING…( 2 HACKEDOFF IN NJ ) NOW THAT'S CHRISTIANOPHOBIA…
    Who give a rats butt what they say or think ..to quote a traitor to r American AMBASSADOR AND3 BRAVE SOULS, in need of help "AT THIS POINT …WHAT DOES IT MATTER"..
    .ISLAM DOES NOT FIT IN AMERICA…WE HAVE LAWS AND A CONSTITUTION AND THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF LIVING BY IT.