Push back is desperately needed. I sincerely hope " Islamist Watch," a
new project to combat the ideas and institutions of nonviolent, radical Islam in
the United States and other Western countries can begin to undo the irreparable harm Islamic terror and intimidation has brought to bear on Western society(s);
Islamic groups and governments are pressing ahead with a campaign to have
international organizations take steps, including legal ones, to provide
protection for their religion in the wake of the Mohammed cartoon
Who needs protection from who?
In a drive pursued largely away from the headlines, the
Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) is promoting the issue at the
United Nations and European Union, and having some success.
Yes, I would imagine it would be "largely away from the headlines."
council of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
this month approved an agenda item entitled "respect for freedom of expression,
sacred beliefs, values and religious and cultural symbols."
Hmmmmmmmmm……………….like the Star of David? Is that why the International Red Cross will not allow Israel to be a member?
Introduced by more than 30 Islamic states and the subject of considerable
debate, the motion explicitly tied freedom of expression to " respect for
cultural diversity, religious beliefs and religious symbols."
directed UNESCO's director-general to carry out a "comprehensive study of all
existing relevant international instruments."
The motion did not refer directly to the furor over the publication of cartoons
satirizing Mohammed, although an "explanatory note" offered by the OIC members
Could they mean these cartoons?
The publication of caricatures of the Prophet of Islam has caused
deep and widespread offense and indignation within the Muslim community
around the world," the note said, adding that respect for religious symbols and
beliefs and freedom of expression were "indissociable."
importance of religion to peoples and to dignity and the way of life in
different cultures, respect for different religious beliefs is essential to
international peace and security and to the progress of human civilizations," it
The Saudi-based OIC secretariat is spearheading the international
campaign of response to what it has called "wanton provocation and reckless,
blasphemous libertarianism cowering behind so-called freedom of the
oy………and of course the "international community is bending over."
The UNESCO move is just the
latest illustration of the way the OIC and its 56 member states are using the
cartoon episode to apply pressure on the West to comply with Islamic
At an OIC meeting in Istanbul
this month, OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged representatives
of Islamic states to approach their counterparts in the West "with the aim of
defending the interests of the Muslim world, presenting the true image of Islam
and combating the stereotype perceptions about Islam and Muslims."
earlier accomplishment, OIC members last February succeeded in pushing through a
last-minute amendment to the preamble of a U.N. resolution establishing a new
U.N. Human Rights Council.
We need to push back.
The OIC addition to the text referred to the
important role of states, NGOs, religious groups and the media "in promoting
tolerance, respect for and freedom of religion and belief" – but made no
balancing reference to freedom of speech.
They sure can turn a phrase. Every word a euphemism. Every word.
'Support mosque construction'
The Islamic campaign has won sympathetic responses from some senior U.N.
and E.U. figures.
"Your anguish over the publication of insulting
cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed is clear and understandable," Secretary-General
Kofi Annan said in a message read on his behalf at an OIC gathering in Istanbul
Who bends over better than Koffee Enema? ugh
While he said all should speak up for freedom of worship and
freedom of speech, he added: "We must exercise great sensitivity when dealing
with symbols and traditions that are sacred to other people."
Interesting gobbledygook coming from an anti-Semite.
a meeting of European imams in Vienna, Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik of
Austria – the current E.U. president – also referred to the cartoons. "Freedoms
do have limits that should not be overstepped," she told 300 Muslim religious
leaders from across the continent.
Tell that to the dead men and women as a result of the cartoon jihad.
At the same gathering, the head of the
E.U.'s official anti-racism body bemoaned what she said was a "dangerously high"
level of anti-Muslim discrimination in Europe.
Could she be referring to the rioting in France perhaps?
Beate Winkler, head of the
European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, said E.U. governments
should provide time for religious programs on public broadcasters and support
Participant Turfa Bagaghati of the European Network
Against Racism — an E.U.-funded NGO — told Islam Online it was time Muslims
pressed "for their rights, like enacting laws banning aggression on Islam."
Who are the aggressors?
UPDATE: Ugh……………Over at ¡No Pasarán!
a prison are being built so Muslim inmates do not have to face Mecca while
sitting on the toilet.
Faith leaders had told prison bosses it was unacceptable for Muslim inmates
to face Mecca while using the toilet. Hat tip: Rick
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