U.N. New Front In The Muslim War On The Constitution
If the future does not belong to those who slander the profit of Islam, then we have no future…..
comments threats of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz would be foolish in the extreme. Especially when you have a president who Â claimsÂ “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
The on-going attempts by Muslims, including many so-called “moderates,” to limit free speech by making perceived “insults” against Islam or the Prophet illegal has taken a new and troubling turn as Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on Saturday demanded a UN resolution that “condemns any country or group that insults religions and prophets.”
This kind of opposition to religious freedom and freedom of speech is becoming a worldwide movement among Muslims â€“ it is not just limited to a few Islamist radicals out on the fringes of society.
In the eyes of many, if not most, Muslims any advocacy of another faith or the advocacy of no faith at all is prohibited.
Westerners who are familiar with Islam know this, which is why President Obama’s ambivalent attitude toward Islam’s open war on the values of the Western Enlightenment that are enshrined in our Constitution is becoming more puzzling by the day.
Instead of unequivocally standing up for the Constitution and its values at the U.N back in September, Obama had this to say: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Had the President made a statement in opposition to the incitement of religious hatred, we would have applauded, because more often than not it is Â ChristiansÂ who are the objects of religious persecution. For example in say, Saudi Arabia, where the practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden â€“ and Christian evangelism might well earn one the death penalty.
But sticking up for Western values and the Constitution is not Obama’s way.
However, ignoring the comments of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz would be foolish in the extreme, because its substance is being taken seriously by many world leaders, including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Despite the fact that the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 declares that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,” the U.N.’s Secretary General now seems prepared to back away from that principle.
In Saudi Arabia, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — also known as the Religious Police or mutaween — roam the streets of the Kingdom enforcing the government’s version of the Sharia or traditional Islamic law.
The mutaween are most noted in the Western media for their campaign against loosening restrictions on women, such as the ban on women driving and the strict Saudi female dress code, but they have broad powers beyond those most covered by the media.
Among them are many that are directly at odds with our Constitutional rights of free speech.
The mutaween have the power to ban and seize media regarded as anti-Islamic, including newspapers that have articles critical of the Saudi version of Islam, CDs, DVDs or other recordings of Western musical groups, television programs and videos which have material contrary to the Sharia or Islam. Additionally, they actively prevent the practice or proselytizing of other religions within Saudi Arabia, where all religions except Islam are banned.
Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to convince Americans that Islam is no threat to our values and Constitution, the record is there for everyone to see: in countries where Islamists hold sway, freedom recedes.