* Affirmative action poontang once again fails to connect the dots:
(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the appointment of Washington’s first-ever special envoy to the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference will help to promote principles that Muslims and non-Muslims alike “hold dear,” such as human rights, liberty and the rule of law.
“These are not American values or Western values,” she told OIC ambassadors in Washington on Monday. “They are universal values, values that are lived and practiced by the majority of Muslims in the world, many of whom are citizens of democracies.”
* Delusional beyond imagination. Rice is more ignorant than a brick wall.
* She has overstayed her welcome, she has become unbearable. Her stupidity annoys. Her ignorance is infuriating.
* Another train crash in the making:
Fourteen of the OIC’s 57 members qualify as “electoral democracies,” according to criteria applied by Freedom House in its latest report on freedom in the world. None are Arab states.
And only six of the 57 — Benin, Guyana, Indonesia, Mali, Senegal and Suriname — are deemed “free” according to a Freedom House evaluation that scores nations for both political rights and civil liberties, and classifies them as “free,” “partly free” or “not free.”
* Pakistani’s to the front:
Sada Cumber, the man appointed by President Bush to serve as the first U.S. envoy to the OIC, is a Pakistani-born Texas businessman. He would combat misperceptions about the U.S. that are spread by America’s enemies, Rice said. (Sada Cumber is an Ismaili Muslim–a member of a small and historically suppressed branch of Shia Islam./ed)
“The notion that the United States is at war with Islam … is simply propagated by violent extremists who seek to divide Muslim communities against themselves, to judge who is and who is not a pious Muslim and to commit any atrocity, even against their fellow Muslims, to impose an intolerant ideology on their societies,” Rice said.
“The OIC plays a vital role in promoting moderation, dialogue and understanding and we welcome the statements that this organization has made in support of those values.”
* Hello, anybody home?
Established in 1969, and with its secretariat based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the OIC groups 56 independent countries plus “Palestine.”
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been a top priority, and enhancing Islamic solidarity its stated goal, although over the decades it has also faced frequent crises within its ranks, such as during the Iran-Iraq War, a 10-year conflict between Libya and Chad, and the Persian Gulf War.
In the years since 9/11, the OIC’s focus has increasingly turned to relations between the West and Islam, the campaign against Islamist terrorism, and episodes of what it calls “Islamophobia,” such as the publication by Danish newspapers in 2005 of 12 cartoons satirizing Mohammed.
The OIC holds summits of heads of state every three years, with the 11th due to take place later this week in Dakar, Senegal.
OIC considers terms used by Bush, Rice to be ‘Islamophobic’
United Ummah Against Freedom of Speech:
One of Cumber’s first tasks in his new role will be to attend the conference, which secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu says aims to prioritize Islamophobia.
Many Muslims have been angered by the republication last month of the Mohammed cartoons, earlier sketches by a Swedish artist depicting Mohammed as a dog, and a Dutch lawmaker’s plans to release a short film critical of the Koran.
Since the original Mohammed cartoon furor, the OIC has led a campaign to have the defamation of religion and “prophets” outlawed.
It cites as a guiding document the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, a controversial text signed by OIC members in 1990 that says all human rights and freedoms must be subjected to Islamic law (shari’a).