The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has worked for years to compel the West to criminalize criticism of Islam — a Sharia provision — under the guise of ensuring “respect” for “all religious traditions.” This initiative will probably succeed soon. The Pope agrees, as he made clear after the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre. The President agrees, as he made clear when he said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Most everyone takes for granted at this point that if you do something that Muslims don’t like and some Muslims try to kill you, it’s your fault, and you should change your behavior or bear the consequences of not doing so. No one thinks anymore that anyone should challenge Muslims to accept the freedom of expression. That idea is gone with the wind, as will be free societies before too long.
“Iran President’s Remarks on Freedom of Expression Raise Eyebrows,” CBN, January 27, 2016:
Iran President Hassan Rouhani says that insulting people’s faith is not part of freedom expression.
Rouhani made the comment while speaking to reporters after an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Rouhani said he agreed with the pope’s observation that insulting a religion could produce a violent reaction, like the Paris attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
He mentioned that he and the pope discussed freedom of expression during their Tuesday visit.
“All religions are to be respected, their books and the millions of people who follow the faith,” Rouhani said, adding that insulting them “creates division and doesn’t help anyone.”
Rouhani’s comments, however, aren’t consistent with Iran’s practices.
Earlier this month, Open Doors, a Christian non-profit that tracks persecution, listed Iran in its top 10 countries for practicing extreme persecution of Christians in 2015….
Actually, Rouhani said “all religions,” but he meant only Islam.