Our Secretary of State, on behalf of her employer, has rejected the notion that religion can be defamed. That’s the official United States position before the world. A resolution condemning religious defamation has been proposed before the United Nations General Assembly. Amazingly, this proposal actually was endorsed by the U.N. Human Rights Council, by a vote of 20-17 (with 8 abstaining and 2 absent). One wonders what kind of minds operate behind that particular council.
According to human rights groups, the council is controlled by a bloc of Islamic and African states, backed by China, Cuba and Russia, who protect each other from criticism.
Hmmm. This begins to make sense. Ever since the crazy Islamic reaction to the Danish cartoons a few years ago, the memetic structure of Islam has circled the wagons in an effort to keep critics from being…
funny heard. It is this block of crazies that is behind the resolution. Putting the full weight of law behind this resolution would, in effect, be enacting blasphemy laws. Fortunately, resolutions don’t have that sort of weight, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that such resolutions might influence laws in particular countries. So it’s a good idea to nip it in the bud. Secretary Clinton has the right idea.
Clinton said the pending resolution hurts religious freedom and denies societies the benefits of diverse views, opinions and faiths.
“Attempts to stifle them or drive them underground, even when it is in the name of and with the intention of protecting society, have the opposite effect,” she said. “Societies in which the freedom of religion and speech flourish are more resilient, more stable, more peaceful and more productive.”
There’s a lot of truth in that.