Sunday, December 12, 2010
U.N. resolution gives special protection to Islamist regimes
The United Nations wants to criminalize religious heresy, provided that those making the claim are Islamists.
Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on the nonbinding Defamation of Religions Resolution, which would give international sanction to the type of religious persecution commonplace in Muslim-majority countries. Superficially, the resolution contains feel-good human rights language routinely churned out by the U.N. The intent of this resolution, however, is to give sanction to repressive mechanisms that primarily Muslim countries use to stifle critiques of their state-sanctioned sects. This lends international legitimacy to criminal penalties against people who exercise their freedom of worship.
The resolution has been pushed in various forms for over a decade, largely by the 57 states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. These countries have Shariah-based legal systems that boast the most stringent requirements for public worship and the harshest penalties for not adhering to the official religious orthodoxy. Islam is the only religion expressly mentioned in the resolution.
The proposed language discusses the Sept. 11, 2001 jihadist attacks on America, not to condemn them but to call attention to "the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities" that allegedly took place afterwards, which was part of a purported "intensification of the overall campaign of defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general." It claims, "Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism and, in this regard, regrets the laws or administrative measures specifically designed to control and monitor Muslim minorities."