Archive for Freedom of Religion

UN to consider anti-blasphemy laws proposed by the Organization of Islamic Conference, would make criticism of Islam illegal in America

Posted in Christian, Church, Civil Rights, Constitution, free speech, Islam, Religion, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by saynsumthn

Press Release Christian Freedom International Condemns Proposed Defamation of Religions Resolution
Contact: Craig McDonald, Christian Freedom International, 800-323-2273

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., Oct. 13 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Freedom International (CFI), a Michigan-based organization that assists persecuted Christians around the world, is condemning the Defamation of Religions Resolution that will be proposed at the UN General Assembly in New York City late this fall.

The resolution, which will criminalize any words or actions determined to be adverse to a particular religion, is being proposed by the Organization of Islamic Conference, an inter-governmental body comprised of 57 states with significantly Muslim populations. The resolution has taken various forms that have been proposed since 1999, but if passed this year, it will provide international legality for any national law punishing blasphemy or any other criticism of a religion.

Although “defamation of religion” is a concept that would ideally protect religious freedom on the broadest level, the resolution has appeared to focus mainly on the protection of Islam. CFI believes that if the resolution is passed, it would give repressive governments and extremist groups the liberty to punish anything deemed offensive to their particular religion, and will only advance the persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians.

Under existing “blasphemy” laws in Muslim-majority nations, many people are routinely arrested and imprisoned for the crimes of insulting or denigrating Islam. This past January, a Christian shopkeeper in Pakistan was sentenced to life in prison and fined $1,000 for allegedly desecrating the Quran, and a college professor in India had his hand severed as a result of insulting the prophet Mohammed on an exam questionnaire last May.

CFI, a ministry that works actively on behalf of persecuted Christians in repressive countries like Burma, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, urges all citizens to contact members of Congress and encourage them to vote against the Defamation of Religions Resolution at the UN General Assembly this year.

To learn more information about CFI’s work and persecution around the world, visit http://www.christianfreedom.org.

CBN is reporting that, The Organization of Islamic Conference claims the threatened Koran burning and the protests over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero make it imperative to protect against growing Islamaphobia.

The resolution is supposed to protect all religions. But Jay Sekulow, with the American Center for Law and Justice told CBN News that it’s real purpose is to protect Islam, that it could be used to persecute people of other faiths.

“The fact of the matter is that this definition of religion has nothing to do with protecting religious freedom, in fact to the contrary,” Sekulow said.

“What it does is isolate and protect Islam from criticism, which means those that are engaged in the (propagation) of gospel to members of Muslim faith would be guilty of violating a UN resolution,” he explained.

“I mean who’s in favor of defaming religion? Nobody is the answer,” he added. “But that’s not what the resolution deals with. The resolution says if you speak out against Islam you’re guilty of violating a UN resolution.”

Newspaper editorials in Muslim nations around the world are also calling for the resolution’s passage.

Last Year Lou Dobbs reported this:

I found this on YouTube….from the PEN American Center

1:23 a representative of the United States speaks:

From the PEN American Center, United Nations Side-session Panel Discussion with Dr. Agnes Callamard, director, ARTICLE 19 (UK), Professor Tariq Ramadan (Switzerland), Mr. Budhy M. Rahman, program officer, The Asia Foundation (Indonesia); Moderated by Mr. John Ralston Saul, writer, president of International PEN (Canada).

International PEN and its national centers are extremely concerned about ongoing processes in the United Nations aimed at combating defamation of religions. We are also concerned about an initiative by the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Complementary Standards, established in 2007 by the Islamic Conference (OIC) and a group of African countries, to draft a treaty that would ban religious defamation. Human Rights protect individual human beings, not institutions or religions. Criticism of religions and religious practices must be allowed, in particular when religions are viewed from a political point of view. As organizations representing writers, artists, and journalists of all faiths and none, we warn against any regulations prohibiting criticism of any religion or any set of ideas.

Against this background we have asked a group of high profile scholars, writers, and human rights defenders to join us for a side event in Geneva on the afternoon of September 16 in Room XXI of the UN Building.

Holy books should not be burned

Posted in Burning Book, Church, Islam, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by saynsumthn

I Say the military should STOP BANNING and BURNING any HOLY BOOK – this is all an outrage !!!!

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Muslims get access to fair for education, but when Christians attended Muslim fair they were arrested

Posted in Christian, Civil Rights, free speech, Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by saynsumthn

August 2010
A Minnesota group will try to educate fair-goers about the Muslim religion.

Volunteers with the Islamic Circle of North America say they will hand out cards titled “Islam Explained” because they want people to know what it means to be Muslim. While the group doesn’t have a licensed booth space to operate on the fairgrounds, it can still take advantage of the crowds. The group will be stationed outside gates 10 and 20.

The group says the outreach effort in Minnesota has nothing to do with the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, which has caused national controversy.

St. Paul police tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the volunteers can hand out literature on the sidewalks as long as they don’t block the sidewalks.

The group also has radio ads that will start airing Monday. Those ads will include a number people can call to ask questions about Islam.

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However, a recent Press Release from: The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced it is representing all four of the Christian missionaries. Police told Christians they’d have to go 5 BLOCKS away from an Muslim festival to distribute Gospel tracks.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Must see videos. Two videos dramatically describe how Sharia law is being enforced in Dearborn, Michigan where Dearborn Police Officers arrested four Christian missionaries. The missionaries explain in their own words what happened.

The first video documents the actual arrest of some of the missionaries. Later in the video the missionaries give an account of the events leading up to their arrest and overnight detention.

On Saturday, the missionaries attempted to peacefully distribute copies of the Gospel of John outside the entrance to the Arab festival. Within three minutes, the Christians were surrounded by eight Dearborn police officers and ordered to cease and desist. These events were also captured on video Below:

In what some have described as police enforcement of Sharia law at the annual Dearborn Arab International Festival, last Friday night (6/18/2010) Dearborn Police Officers arrested four Christian missionaries and illegally confiscated their video cameras which were recording the events surrounding their arrests. The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced it is representing all of the Christian missionaries.

Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are: Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, and David Wood. Mayel, an eighteen year old female, whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was approximately 100 feet away and videotaping a discussion with some Muslims when her camera was seized.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “These Christian missionaries were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus. It’s apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by Festival Security Guards. This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening.”

Thompson continued, “Contrary to the comments made by Police Chief Ron Haddad, our Constitution does not allow police to ban the right of free speech just because there are some hecklers. Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians.”

Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center in charge of the case, yesterday faxed a letter to Chief Haddad demanding that the three video cameras and tapes illegally seized from the missionaries be immediately returned.

The Law Center is also representing Pastor George Saeig who was prohibited by the Festival and Police authorities from distributing religious material at last year’s festival. That case is ongoing.

Here is the 2009 incident:


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Sharia law replaces Constitution – Video- Arrested for preaching Christ at Arab festival in America !

Posted in Islam, Sharia Law with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by saynsumthn

Press Release from: The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today it is representing all four of the Christian missionaries. Police told Christians they’d have to go 5 BLOCKS away from an Muslim festival to distribute Gospel tracks.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Must see videos. Two videos dramatically describe how Sharia law is being enforced in Dearborn, Michigan where Dearborn Police Officers arrested four Christian missionaries. The missionaries explain in their own words what happened.

The first video documents the actual arrest of some of the missionaries. Later in the video the missionaries give an account of the events leading up to their arrest and overnight detention.

On Saturday, the missionaries attempted to peacefully distribute copies of the Gospel of John outside the entrance to the Arab festival. Within three minutes, the Christians were surrounded by eight Dearborn police officers and ordered to cease and desist. These events were also captured on video Below:

In what some have described as police enforcement of Sharia law at the annual Dearborn Arab International Festival, last Friday night (6/18/2010) Dearborn Police Officers arrested four Christian missionaries and illegally confiscated their video cameras which were recording the events surrounding their arrests. The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced it is representing all of the Christian missionaries.

Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are: Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, and David Wood. Mayel, an eighteen year old female, whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was approximately 100 feet away and videotaping a discussion with some Muslims when her camera was seized.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “These Christian missionaries were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus. It’s apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by Festival Security Guards. This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening.”

Thompson continued, “Contrary to the comments made by Police Chief Ron Haddad, our Constitution does not allow police to ban the right of free speech just because there are some hecklers. Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians.”

Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center in charge of the case, yesterday faxed a letter to Chief Haddad demanding that the three video cameras and tapes illegally seized from the missionaries be immediately returned.

The Law Center is also representing Pastor George Saeig who was prohibited by the Festival and Police authorities from distributing religious material at last year’s festival. That case is ongoing.

Here is the 2009 incident:


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