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Monday, December 01, 2008

Anti-blasphemy law movement gaining steam at United Nations

Meanwhile, at the UN:

Islamic countries Monday won United Nations backing for an anti-blasphemy measure Canada and other Western critics say risks being used to limit freedom of speech.

Combating Defamation of Religions passed 85-50 with 42 abstentions in a key UN General Assembly committee, and will enter into the international record after an expected rubber stamp by the plenary later in the year.


Muslim countries say they are only trying to cut down of what they see as extensive bias against Islam in the West. In the lead-up to Monday's vote, many referred, for example, to the 2005 publication of Danish cartoons that satirized Muhammad, and which touched off riots through the Muslim world.

There is something a bit ironic about Canada's strenuous opposition to laws that would prohibit publication of the Danish cartoons, isn't there?


Posted by Terrence Watson on December 1, 2008 in Freedom of expression | Permalink


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I wonder if these laws could be used to quench those nasty videos made by al-Queda and tossed all over the web, as they are in theory Blaspheming Islam by acting in accordance to it's tenets.
Also hilarious would be the proposition that it could be used against "artists" such as those that created the "Piss Christ" and even more so Hollywood for supporting, distributing and promoting the plethora of anti-Christian films?

Don't think so?
Me neither, but I can guarantee that we won't be able to ever use the terms Islam and terrorist in the same column or statement.

Better to remove ourselves from the Muslim dominated UN and create a new one that includes only Democratic countries.

Posted by: Gavin Anger | 2008-12-01 5:18:58 PM

We might as well get used to being governed by an international body, since we no longer have a legitimate government of our own.

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-01 5:37:31 PM


You didn't quote the most ironic part of the story. Here it is:

"Canada says governments have abused laws against defamation or contempt of religions to 'prosecute and imprison journalists, bloggers, academics students and peaceful political dissidents.'"


Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-12-01 5:39:33 PM

Haha, FC. You're right, I missed that.

Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-12-01 6:19:16 PM

Better to remove ourselves from the Muslim dominated UN and create a new one that includes only Democratic countries.

Posted by: Gavin Anger | 1-Dec-08 5:18:58 PM

Good idea...(except for the creating a new one part.) Abdicating from the UN, World Bank and the IMF would be a good start. Then drafting laws that state we shall never again involve ourselves in foreign entanglements, or stand idly by while we are exploited by foreign interests....(gee, this sounds familiar somehow. I wonder where I've heard this before? :)

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-01 7:00:22 PM

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