The wave of anti-Western violence that has swept the Middle East for the past several weeks has prompted renewed calls for anti-blasphemy laws from radical clerics in Egypt to imams in New Jersey.
Now, however, world leaders at the United Nations are adding their voices to the choir.
H/T The Blaze
The Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari took the podium at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday and said: “The international community must not become silent [observers], and should criminalize such acts that destroy the peace of the world.”
The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed, adding: “I call for an international instrument to effectively prevent incitement of hostility or violence based on religions or beliefs.”
According to CNS News,
The 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and 22-member Arab League earlier signaled their intention to revive a longstanding but temporarily suspended initiative at the U.N. aimed at outlawing religious “defamation” globally.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told the Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the UNGA session that his country’s push for a legally-binding instrument came after non-binding measures such as previous U.N. resolutions had proved ineffective, as seen in the current episode.
“Despite the repeated concerns voiced by numerous international forums, [such actions] keep re-occurring,” he said. “Hence, a stronger instrument is absolutely necessary.”
Critics say the OIC-led religious “defamation” campaign impose undue limitations on freedom of expression, amount to legalized discrimination against religious minorities, and are an attempt to extend blasphemy law-like restrictions beyond the Islamic world.
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