And mind you, they don’t mean attempts to identify Islam with terrorism such as those perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri, Omar Bakri, Abu Hamza, and the rest. They meant non-Muslims who analyze those connections and try to alert people to their existence, so that non-Muslims and genuinely peaceful Muslims can take realistic and effective steps to keep these elements of Islam from being used to incite to violence and acts on behalf of Islamic supremacism.
“U.N. rights body condemns ‘defamation’ of religion,” from Reuters, with thanks to all who sent this in:
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations top human rights body condemned “defamation” of religion on Friday and, in an apparent reference to the storm over the Prophet cartoons, said press freedom had its limits.
With the support of China, Russia and Cuba, Moslem and Arab states comfortably won a vote on the 47-state Human Rights Council to express concern at “negative stereotyping” of religions and “attempts to identify Islam with terrorism.”
“The resolution is tabled in the expectation that it will compel the international community to acknowledge and address the disturbing phenomena of the defamation of religions, especially Islam,” said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The resolution was opposed by Western states which said it focused too much on Islam. The job of the Council was to deal with the rights of individuals not religions, they said
Yes. Muslims concerned about the “defamation” of Islam should fight against violent jihad and Islamic supremacism. To point fingers at non-Muslims in this, when Muslims on virtually a daily basis commit acts of violence and justify them by Islamic precepts, is arrant hypocrisy.