Posted by Sarah Brooks on March 5, 2009 at 7:21pm

March 5, 2009

UN may make ban on criticizing Islam mandatory, making it a criminal offense in the U.S.

The Dobbs segment to which this story refers is above (thanks to Hugo Schmidt). It is a bit careless -- the Islamic organization in question is the "Organization of the Islamic Conference," not the "Organization of Islamic Countries" -- but the information about the imminent threat to free speech is generally accurate.

And yes, it could happen here.

"U.N. to make ban on criticizing Islam mandatory? Expected proposal would criminalize such comments in U.S.," from WorldNetDaily, March 4 (thanks to News4U):

Muslim-dominated nations at the United Nations are once again pushing a religious "anti-defamation" plan that would bar worldwide all criticism of their founder Muhammad and his teaching.

According to a report by CNN's Lou Dobbs posted on YouTube, the proposal that has been repeatedly brought in recent years by the Organization of Islamic Conference states is expected to resurface as early as this spring.

This time, however, the resolution wouldn't allow nations to opt out.

"The United Nations has adopted what it calls a Resolution to Combat Defamation of Religion," Dobbs said in the report. "The U.N. now wants to make that anti-blasphemy resolution binding on member nations, including, of course, our own. That would make it a crime in the United States ... to criticize religion, in particular, Islam."

Note well: the point of outlawing criticism of Islam is not just to shield notoriously thin-skinned believers from the prospect of critical examination of the religion's texts and tenets. Along with that, the point of outlawing criticism of Islam is to keep law enforcement, government, media, and the general public in the dark about the beliefs, the ideology, and the motives and goals of jihad terrorists. You can't defeat an enemy that you can't speak about and don't understand.

Constitutional lawyer Floyd Abrams said in the report, "What they would do would be to make it illegal to put out a movie or write a book or a poem that somebody could say was defamatory of Islam."...

The anti-defamation resolutions began with describing the "need" to protect Islam and in recent years has developed into a call for the protection for "religions" from defamation.

However, the only religion specifically cited, in fact, is Islam.

The Muslim nations have sought to have member states enact laws banning such "blasphemy."

The plan expected to be introduced soon, however, will include a recommendation to the U.N. Human Rights Council that the ban be made binding on member nations, the report said....



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