He speaks about “insults against religions,” but only Muslims particularly care about what everyone else is saying about their religion, and only Muslims would decide what constitutes an “insult” against Islam. This would establish Muslims as a privileged class, above criticism, and allow the jihad against the West to continue unimpeded. More on this story. “Islamic states to reopen quest for global blasphemy law,” by Robert Evans for Reuters, September 19 (thanks to David):
(Reuters) – A leading Islamic organization signaled on Wednesday that it will revive long-standing attempts to make insults against religions an international criminal offence.…
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.
Separately, the Human Rights Commission of the OIC, which has 57 members and is based in Saudi Arabia, said “growing intolerance towards Muslims” had to be checked and called for “an international code of conduct for media and social media to disallow the dissemination of incitement material”….
Critics say the law is widely misused to persecute non-Muslims, and cite this month’s case of a Muslim cleric detained on suspicion of planting evidence suggesting that a 14-year-old girl had burned Islamic religious texts.
Pakistani Christians and Hindus at the WCC gathering said a global law against blasphemy, or “defamation of religion”, would only endorse on an international scale the religious intolerance seen in Pakistan and in other Islamic countries.