U.S. Praises Sharia Censorship


2012-634807128700938005-93The United States is silent as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) passes its most recent UN Resolution that unravels global consensus to support freedom of speech.

From 1999-2010, the OIC succeeded in passing its “defamations of religionsresolutions, which ostensibly would protect Islam from all criticism, including true statements of fact.  Though the name of the resolutions indicated that it would pertain to all religions equally, in the OIC’s interpretation, it applied to Islam only.

Realizing the clash that this concept holds with that of free expression, the US State Department urged the OIC to produce an alternative resolution which would address the OIC’s concerns about “Islamophobia” and still protect free speech.

Accordingly, in March 2011, the OIC introduced the now infamous Resolution 16/18 to combat intolerance based on religion or belief, purportedly proposed as a replacement for the defamation of religions resolution.  It garnered wide-spread support and Western states touted it as a victory for free speech.  They believed that its focus marked a landmark shift from suppression of speech critical of religions to combating discrimination and violence against individuals based on their religious beliefs.

Over time it became clear that the OIC retained its long term goal to protect Islam from “defamation” and indeed to criminalize all speech that shed a negative light on Islam or Muslims.  Resolution 16/18 turned out to be a tactical move by the OIC to bring the West one step closer toward realizing its goal of achieving global blasphemy laws, by using language more palatable to the West, and open to interpretation.

Against this backdrop the US held the first conference to “implement” Resolution 16/18, the process now known as the “Istanbul Process.”

Unfortunately, America’s concern for the protection of free speech seems to have gotten lost as its focus moved closer to the OIC’s positions, and an emphasis was placed on protecting Muslims in the West from “Islamophobia.”

Some circles including free speech advocates, national security experts, and those concerned about the Persecuted Church, have beaten the drum against Resolution 16/18 and the continuation of the Istanbul Process.  Their efforts have been to no avail as the Istanbul Process continues.

However, while awareness of the perils of Resolution 16/18 is on the increase, news on Resolution A/HRC/22/L.40 has gone virtually unreported.  It retains the same title as Resolution 16/18, but has glaringly dangerous amendments.

To focus on just one, it asserts that “terrorism…cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.”  This is obviously problematic.  The lumping together of these categories implies a false equation of immutable characteristics such as nationality and ethnicity with those that are subject to choice such as religion or belief.

Religions and belief systems come in all stripes.  To preclude the possibility that any of them might be ideologically associated with terrorism leads to a position based on an unexplored assumption rather than a conclusion based on fact.  Indeed, the assertion condemns the mere exploration of the facts a priori, a notion which is not only illogical but dangerous.

After 9/11 and the multitude of terrorist attacks committed in the name of Islam, one ought to be able to raise legitimate questions about Jihadi ideology without being labeled a bigot. Government has an obligation to determine the motivational ideology of terrorism even if even if it turns out to be an interpretation of a religion.

The government should not get into the business of ascertaining what is or is not proper theological interpretations of any religion.  But a distinction has to be made between those who are truly practicing a religion as the word is understood in the West, versus those who are implementing a subversive political ideology cloaked in the language of religion.

Anyone who has conducted a good faith investigation knows that there is such a phenomenon as “Islamic terrorism.”  Only those in denial can claim otherwise.  Truth should never constitute prohibited speech, no matter how ugly reality might be.

The condemnation of honest discussion on this important matter, along with other disturbing speech restrictive clauses in Resolution L.40, demonstrates the unraveling of the “consensus” by nation states to promote freedom of expression.  Those who follow the OIC closely know that its allegiance to this concept was folly from the onset.  One need only take a cursory glance at the OIC countries to determine the disingenuousness of this portention, as many OIC countries fine, jail and even execute the exercise of speech deemed blasphemous to Islam.  For those less informed, nothing more than the language embodied in Resolution L.40 is needed to realize that the OIC’s commitment to free speech is a sham.

Subsequent to passage of Resolution L.40, the EU representative to the UN expressed unabashed concern over the erosion of international consensus to support free speech.  He insisted that the EU will continue to uphold the ideas pertaining to the protection of minorities, but will oppose any efforts to undermine the right to free expression, including discussion of Islamic terrorism.

The US representative stated no such concern. She failed to make a principled statement on America’s position regarding freedom of speech.  Instead, she lavished praise on the OIC for maintaining a “consensus” on Resolution 16/18 for three consecutive years.

The Obama Administration has erroneously characterized the Fort Hood attack as mere “workplace violence”; has cleansed from its national security and counterterrorism lexicon any reference to Islamic terrorism, has blamed the Benghazi attacks on the an “anti-Islam video” and has taken a lead role in the Istanbul Process, promising to use “peer pressure and shaming” against American citizens who speak out on these issues in a way that the Administration finds disagreeable.

Therefore, it should have come as no surprise when after the Boston bombings, during a time of trial, tribulation and grief, the President’s address emphasized that people should prioritize America’s value of diversity.  No doubt that this diversity of ideas includes the motivational ideology of Islamic terrorism, even though acknowledgment of its existence is now verboten.

This article was commissioned by the Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It is no surprise that Obama Inc is deeply in sync with Sharia censorship. For if this was not the case, then how could the following have come to pass – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/28/alert-radical

    An administration which is imbued with red/green proclivities will wholly support totalitarian thought police.

    Case closed.

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

  • Brucew56

    So where are the representatives that were elected to uphold our Constitution? The people of the United States expect and demand our representatives support the principals of our country, not some crazy utopian world view.

    Muslims can bad mouth and condemn America all over the world, yet they want protection from any comments about what thy do. Stop being so politically correct and do the right thing for America ONCE, Mr Chicago Organizer. America need not apologize to anyone, except for one thing – electing you!

    • Looking4Sanity

      Well spoken and true!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    One step closer for free people to take up arms against speech slavery and the loss of freedom.
    Damn these people who wish to destroy our Constitutional freedoms, any act by any American
    tax paid political leech must be met with a complete ostrization from our society and the
    name traitor tatooed to thier forehead, however sloped. We will continue to hear the Islamist
    cry of "Death to America" until the World is free from thier oppressive presence…………..William

  • kafir4life

    What would happen were someone to point out that islam is a gutter cult, invented by a pedophilic madman named mohamat? Would it be improper to ask why he invented allah the moon god, and shat the contents of the most unholy terror guide, the koran following sex with and a later a meal of mohamat’s favorite pig, or “dad” as he liked to call him?

    Inquiring minds would like to know.

    allahu’s snackbar!

  • Cassandra

    "Constitutional Law supplants internationally backed UN law". This should be the case but Obama and his Mahometan gang do not respect the constitution. The morons who voted for him twice are getting what they deserve. Obama has to go.

    • Defcon 4

      If any US politician doesn't respect their oath to uphold and protect the US Constitution then why do I owe them my loyalty?

      • alkidya

        You don't…you arrest them for treason and hang them out to dry after tarring and feathering them.

        • Defcon 4

          I prefer the PRC's solution to traitors. It's more permanent and in keeping w/Plato's ideals for dealing w/traitors.

  • Defcon 4

    "as many OIC countries fine, jail and even execute the exercise of speech deemed blasphemous to Islam." Name one islamic country that allows criticism of islam or its prophet. Just ONE.

    • alkidya

      I can't think of one. Even the US is coming to that point.

  • JAMAL

    FRIENDS I BRING YOU MANY GREETS AND PEACE BUT YOU MUST UNDERSTAND ON ISLAM. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO INSULT THE PROPHET (PEACE ON HIM) OR THE HOLY QU'RAN. YES THOSE WHO HAVE NOT EVEN EMBRACED ISLAM MUST KNOW THIS. IT IS A CRIME. I HOPE THAT YOU BELEIVE NOT ON THE LIES AND EMBRACE ISLAM. I WANT THAT YOU HEAR THIS BEAUTY SONG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4-hBNd4hQ8&no… BLESSINGS ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    • Mary Sue

      excuse me, please but you and your religion are not the boss of me and I do not recognize your unlawful laws. I will not be bound by them, thank you but no thanks. Have a pleasant day.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Allah is a fraud, Mohammed is a pig, and you are a foolish dog. I think that about covers it.

      • 4_Constitution

        Jesus compared to Mohammed with Crowder.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwluC6GoKLE

        Mohammed married his favorite wife at age 6, but he didn't consummate his marriage until she was nine. He truly was a pig.

      • 4_Constitution

        Morning BTW.

        • Looking4Sanity

          Happy Memorial Day.

          Reuters is running a story today related to the British butchers:

          Britain to target radical Muslim preachers after soldier's killing

          http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/26/us-brit

          This is a step in the right direction. Perhaps it will lead to the eventual deportation of all Muslims in England and a banning of the death cult known as Islam within her sovereign borders. It's just a shame that the U.S. is not leading on this. In fact, it is unlikely that we will even follow their good example.

    • Kevin Stowell

      Piss off, agitator. Isn't there a busy freeway you need to cross?

    • 4_Constitution

      Deewwwd. Lay off the all caps thing. Makes ya look hysterical.

    • Defcon 4

      I ALSO HAVE THE MUCH GOOD CAMEL URINE FOR YOU TO BE DRINKING. SO HEALTHY, REFRESHING AS THE PROPHET (PASBUH) SAID. DON'T LET SATHAN DO WUDU IN YOUR EAR!

    • Ghostwriter

      Sorry JAMAL,but I have little interest in converting to Islam,now or in the near future so please do us all a favor and disappear. Your presence will NOT be missed here.

  • Michael Copeland

    The people of Mecca had free speech when Mohammed was there before he left (or was obliged to leave). They, who knew him best, are recorded as follows:

    “And they say, “Indeed he is mad”” (Koran 68:51).

    That was before he returned with armed men and attacked the town, forcing everyone to submit.

  • Questions

    Piety is highly overrated as a virtue. And I should like to add, highly underrated as vice. Especially the Islamic kind.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Spoken like a man who has never seen, let alone known, true piety. There is no piety in Islam. Only pretensions of it. We call that fanaticism…not piety.

    • Defcon 4

      I'd imagine your words would incite violence from the adherents of only one faith though, which is a delineation w/a difference dontcha think?

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "The Obama administration adds its weight to the criminalization of free speech."

    OH! You mean Obama's seizing of phone records from the Associated Press, and Obama using the Internal Revenue Service to as a tool of oppression to systematically persecute conservative political groups and other (real or perceived) enemies of President Obama?

    President Obama, THAT glittering, upright pillar of FREE-SPEECH?

    So far as “Islamophobia” – If one must adopt a phobia, Obamaphobia is a very good place to start…..

    • Looking4Sanity

      Islamophobia is a non-sequitur. I do not fear feces. I simply do not choose to be around it any more than absolutely necessary…and I certainly would never worship it.

  • dannyjeffrey44
  • Ghostwriter

    HELLO,I COME FROM THE LAND OF BOMBINGS AND SAND. WHY ARE YOU AMERICANS SO UPSET LATELY WITH US MUSLIMS? I KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A BOMBING AT ONE OF YOUR MARATHONS,(THAT WE GLEEFULLY CELEBRATED,BY THE WAY) AND THE RECENT MURDER OF THAT BRITISH SOLDIER IN LONDON HAS UPSETS MUCH PEOPLE. BUT,DO NOT FORGET THAT WE MUSLIMS ARE PEACEFUL,EXCEPT WHEN YOU DO THINGS THAT MAKE US MAD LIKE DRAWING OUR BELOVED PROPHET (PEACE BE UPON HIM) IN ANY WAY,SHAPE OR FORM.
    I ADMIT THAT MANY OF YOU AMERICANS ARE ANGRY WITH US BECAUSE YOU FEEL THAT WE ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. WELL,THINK OF IT AS DRAWING LINES THAT YOUR PEOPLE SHOULD NOT CROSS…EVER. I HOPE THAT SOMEDAY,RELATIONS BETWEEN US AND AMERICA CAN IMPROVE SOMEWHAT. I HAVE TO GO NOW. I HAVE A SYNAGOGUE TO BURN DOWN SO I MUST SAY GOODBYE. BUT I WILL SEE YOU LATERS.

  • publiushuldah

    Very intelligent, informative, and helpful! Thank you!