Thursday, April 10, 2008

Free Speech Under Attack

This video is reposted from Atheist Media Blog.

"The UN Rights Council passed a resolution proposed by Islamic countries saying it is deeply concerned about the defamation of religions and urging governments to prohibit it." (Read International Herald Tribune article here).

"The resolution "urges states to take actions to prohibit the dissemination ... of racist and xenophobic ideas" and material that would incite to religious hatred. It also urges states to adopt laws that would protect against hatred and discrimination stemming from religious defamation."

"Although the text refers frequently to protecting all religions, the only religion specified as being attacked is Islam, to which eight paragraphs refer."

I share his outrage at this resolution. Religion should not be above criticism, and we should not allow a group to intimidate us and take away our freedom of expression.

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