Thursday, March 13, 2008

Right of Respect

There's trouble afoot at the UN-

Islamic states are bidding to use the United Nations to limit freedom of expression and belief around the world, the global humanist body IHEU told the U.N.'s Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

In a statement submitted to the 48-nation Council, the IHEU said the 57 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) were also aiming to undermine the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"The Islamic states see human rights exclusively in Islamic terms, and by sheer weight of numbers this view is becoming dominant within the U.N. system. The implications for the universality of human rights are ominous," it said.

No kidding. Instead the OIC would like to see freedom of speech replaced by another "right".

But this argument is rejected by Islamic states, who say outright criticism -- and especially lampooning -- of religion violates the rights of believers to enjoy respect.

So now we're expected to respect every crackpot's ludicrous ideas? I'm waiting for the OIC to announce that they respect the Jewish and Christian faiths...but I won't hold my breath.

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