A Dangerous Development.
Pamela Geller, WND Column: Does Obama want a universal caliphate?Â (Pamela Geller)
An update from this:
Shameful indeed: the Obama State Department is meeting today with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss ways to sweep away our fundamental protection against tyranny: the freedom of speech. More onÂ this story. “A Shameful State Department Initiative,” by Pamela Geller in theÂ American Thinker, December 12: Â (More onÂ State Colluding with OIC on free speech restrictions)
The Legal Project recently reported that the Obama Administration would be holding meetings this week in Washington on “implementing” UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. (SeeÂ Why is the Obama Administration Giving the OIC a Say in Our Right to Free Speech?) On December 13th, Nina Shea, Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom,Â reportedÂ on the first session of the three-day, closed-to-the-public conference called “The Istanbul Process.”
According to Shea, her ability to report on the details is limited by the fact she has only been invited to attend the opening and closing sessions, and attendees were asked to follow “Chatham House Rules,” which “forbid releasing anything about a specific delegation or quoting for attribution.” So much for the transparency Obama promised! These sessions should not be happening at all, but as they proceed they should be open to the public.
US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook,Â statedÂ this weekend:
We expect this meeting will be the first in a series of such “Istanbul Process” meetings that will help direct efforts and resources toward finding real and effective measures against intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief, as delineated in Resolution 16/18, which areÂ fully consistent with freedom of expression.” (emphasis added)
Freedom of expression by whose definition? The Obama Administration should end “The Istanbul Process” now.