Friday, October 30, 2009

Christian Science Monitor Warns About Proposed Islamic Global Blasphemy Law

An interesting comment by the CSM about the limits of religious law in a pluralistic world. MP+

As a new member of the UN Human Rights Council, the US must persuade other countries not to go along.
By the Monitor's Editorial Board
from the October 27, 2009 edition

Remember the Danish "Muhammad cartoons" that set off riots by offended Muslims more than three years ago? The debate pitted freedom of press and speech against notions of freedom from insult of one's religion. It rages still – but now in a forum with international legal implications.

For years, Islamic nations have succeeded in passing "blasphemy" resolutions at the United Nations (in the General Assembly and in its human rights body). The measures call on states to limit religiously offensive language or speech. No one wants their beliefs ridiculed, but the freedom to disagree over faith is what allows for the free practice of religion. The resolutions are misguided, but also only symbolic, because they're nonbinding.

Symbolism no longer satisfies the sponsor of these resolutions – the Organization of the Islamic Council. Under the leadership of Pakistan, the 57-nation OIC wants to give the religious antidefamation idea legal teeth by making it part of an international convention, or legally binding treaty. Members of the UN Human Rights Council are passionately debating that idea in Geneva this week.

1 comment:

primerica life insurance said...

I would not push this topic farther - it is quite clear for the religious people the human rights cannot stand above what their belief says, so any negotiation is going to be just an attempt to suppress these rights as such. And that would be much more alerting than some poking fun expressed through some innocent pictures. And the people pissed off so much with them should rather wake up and realize there is much more, they ought to care about than these petty stupidities. Lorne

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