GENEVA (Reuters) – A leading Islamic organization signaled on Wednesday that it will revive long-standing attempts to make insults against religions an international criminal offence.
The bid follows uproar across the Muslim world over a crude Internet video clip filmed in the United States and cartoons in a French satirical magazine that lampoon the Prophet Mohammad.
But it appears unlikely to win acceptance from Western countries determined to resist restrictions on freedom of speech and already concerned about the repressive effect of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries such as Pakistan.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said the international community should ‘come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression’, a reference to Western arguments against a universal blasphemy law that the OIC has sought for over a decade.
He said the ‘deliberate, motivated and systematic abuse of this freedom’ were a danger to global security and stability…..
In other words, Muslims think that they can bully the West into giving up free speech? Give me a break, what a ridiculous idea.
Islam is not a religion. Nor is this about protecting religion from barbarians who offend. This is about silencing anyone who opposes the ideology of Islam.