Ezra Levant and Nina Shea discussed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation tonight on SUN TV. Needless to say, they focused on the OIC’s attempt to suppress criticism of Islam, and the court case againstÂ Elisabeth Sabaditsch-WolffÂ featured prominently in the discussion.
Many thanks toÂ Vlad TepesÂ for uploading this video:
She submitted a longer version of the same paper to the conference organizers. It contained more detailed arguments, an appendix citing Islamic law, and footnotes for sources. It has been accepted, and was registered by the OSCE. An HTML version of the paper is below.
Buergerbewegung Pax Europa
In cooperation with and endorsed by
International Civil Liberties Alliance,
Mission Europa, Wiener Akademikerbund
|1.||Islam seen as a single monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to new realities.|
|2.||Islam seen as separate and other:|
|(a)||not having any aims or values in common with other cultures,|
|(b)||not affected by them, and|
|(c)||not influencing them.|
|3.||Islam seen as inferior to the West â€” barbaric, irrational, primitive, sexist.|
|4.||Islam seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism, engaged in ‘a clash of civilizations’.|
|5.||Islam seen as a political ideology, used for political or military advantage.|
|6.||Criticisms made by Islam of ‘the West’ rejected out of hand.|
|7.||Hostility towards Islam used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.|
|8.||Anti-Muslim hostility accepted as natural and ‘normal’.|
Runneymede has been in a close relationship with the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation for some time. Pax Europa and its affiliations note with grave concern that this definition â€” or any definition â€” of Islamophobia cannot and does not address the underlying problems with Islam and its teachings.
For example, Pax Europa believes that Islam denies equal rights to men and women. According to the above definition, simply raising this point has been considered Islamophobia. Pax Europa believes that for many, there is a political ideology component to Islam. Since its ideology informs the doctrine of political organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, it is indeed a political ideology. Pax Europa is accused of Islamophobia for speaking to this reality, even when it can demonstrate a factual basis for the statements it makes in this regard.
Pax Europa is of the opinion that criticism of a religion, including Islam, must remain legitimate. This is echoed by the OSCE: “Criticisms of religious practices (just religious practices, not religions themselves?; BPE) are legitimate speech.” We believe, however, that while Muslims are not a monolithic group,Â for those Muslims who accept Islam as an ideology, there are elements of Islamic law that are monolithic, in that all Muslims worldwide, whether they live in Europe, Asia, Africa, or America, consider the Koran and the Hadith (authentic sayings of Mohammed) as the basis of theirÂ legal system. Certainly groups like the Muslim Brotherhood profess this! How are groups like Pax Europa to discuss such issues if not allowed to speak to the language and doctrines that define them?
We further note that the distinction between “acceptable” and “unacceptable” speech is one of grave concern. We would like to recall the OSCE commitments (Copenhagen 1990) which state with respect to freedom of expression:
The participating States reaffirm that
9.1) – everyone will have the right to freedom of expression including the right to communication. This right willÂ include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authorityÂ and regardless of frontiers. The exercise of this right may be subject only to such restrictions as are prescribed by law and are consistent with international standards.
The participating States express their commitment to
10.1) – respect the right of everyone, individually or in association with others, to seek, receive and impart freely views and information on human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights to disseminate and publish such views and information;
When we review the OSCE Commitments, their direct nexus is to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 19 UDHR.Â Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Pax Europa is of the opinion that the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) require public expression to conform to Shariah law. This includes perceived “anti-Muslim discourse” as well as cases of “discrimination”, whether intentional or unintentional. This is not speculation. In December 2005, at the Third Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, the OIC implemented a ten-year plan “to meet the challenges facing the Muslim Ummah”. Article 6 of the OIC Charter states:
The Islamic Summit is composed of Kings and Heads of State and Government of Member States and is the supreme authority of the Organisation. It convenes once every three years to deliberate, take policy decisions and provide guidance on all issues pertaining to the realization of the objectives and consider other issues of concern to the Member States and the Ummah.
Section 1 of the ten-year program covers “Intellectual and Political Issues”, and under category VII, “Combating Islamophobia“, we read this:
2. Emphasize the responsibility of the international community, including all governments,Â to ensure respect for all religions and combat their defamation. [emphasis added] 3. Affirm the need to counter Islamophobia, through the establishment of an observatory at the OIC General Secretariat to monitorÂ all forms of Islamophobia, issue an annual report thereon, andÂ ensure cooperation with the relevant Governmental and Non-Governmental OrganizationsÂ (NGOs) in order toÂ counter Islamophobia. [emphasis added]
If the OIC’s Ten Year Plan really does come from a “Summit,” and it does, it means that the plan reflects the policy objectives and state actions of non-EU state actors against citizens of EU Member States. Further, as Article 6 of the OIC Charter makes clear, the “Combating Islamophobia” initiative has been undertaken as an objective of OIC Member States and the Ummah. Neither the European Union nor any of its Member States belong to that Ummah. Hence, not only are the OSCE Commitments and Article 19 of the UDHR being compromised, but it appears that it is happening on behalf on foreign state actors in concert through the OIC. This should not come as a surprise. From the Secretary General of the OIC himself, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, on behalf of all 57 OIC Member States: