Atheist Group Petitions U.N. to Reject Islamic Calls for Global Blasphemy Laws

Update:

This is commendable. However, the UN is dominated by the Islamic bloc of 57 OIC countries, they will not give this any traction. As for atheists, I stand by my previous statement:

They believe in nothing and their numbers are next to nothing. They are noisy and obnoxious when it comes to Christianity and Judaism, but they are cringing dhimmies when it comes to islam. I start caring for atheists once they pledge their unwavering allegiance to the counter jihad.

From the Blaze »

“The right to criticize religion is protected…”

Christians, no doubt, fall victim to discrimination across the globe, but there’s another group that is increasingly calling out the crimes and offenses that are committed against it: Atheists and non-believers.

TheBlaze already told you about the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s (IHEU) recent report, which found widespread global mistreatment of non-theists. Now, the same organization has approached the United Nations during its Spring opening session and is appealing for attention to be drawn to the global assault that it says is underway against atheists, agnostics and humanists.

Additionally, the group is combating attempts by some Muslim nations to seek out a global blasphemy ban. In defending the rights of these minority groups, the organization is also supporting the freedom of any and all theistic beliefs.

International Humanist and Ethical Union Petitions U.N. to Reject Islamic Calls for Global Blasphemy Laws

In its report to the international body, the IHEU, a group that represents more than 120 non-theist groups in 45 countries, said that atheists are severely penalized in some states, with the death penalty serving as the most severe ramification for a refusal to embrace God. The submission to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council read, in part:

“The universal human right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as laid down in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent treaties, protects the freedom of conscience of every human being. Just as freedom of religion or belief protects the right of the individual to follow a religion, it also protects the right to reject any religion or belief, to identify as humanist or non-religious, and to manifest non-religious convictions through expression, teaching and practice. Whilst this fundamental right includes the right not to reveal your beliefs or religious identification, and the right not to take part in religious ceremonies, it also includes the freedom to argue for those beliefs in public, and to seek to persuade others of the merits of your beliefs, or the flaws of theirs, through debate and criticism.

“The right to criticize religion is protected also by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “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.” Atheist speech is therefore protected by both Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Despite having protection under international law, the atheist collective claims that non-believers are regularly tormented and often face legal hurdles. These issues can range from more benign ramifications to death, depending on the nation these individuals reside in.

International Humanist and Ethical Union Petitions U.N. to Reject Islamic Calls for Global Blasphemy Laws

While atheists and Christians often clash in the public sphere, there are many sentiments that people of faith will agree with. The document defends the right to both practice — and reject — religion. Additionally, the IHEU’s efforts are aimed at preventing a world-wide ban on the defamation of religion, a sentiment that some Islamic nations have been seeking through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Reuters has more about calls for a blasphemy ban:

…Earlier this month a top official of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said the body would be focusing on getting agreement on criminalizing denigration of religion in coming talks with Western countries.

In November last year, the head of the 21-country Arab League told the U.N. Security Council in New York his organisation wanted a binding international framework to ensure “that religious faith and its symbols are respected”.

The IHEU, and other non-governmental rights groupings, argue that many Muslim governments use this terminology and the concept of “religious blasphemy” within their own countries to cow both atheists and followers of other religions.

The IHEU fears that this designation would empower nations to denigrate both non-believers and those who embrace other faiths outside of the Islamic sphere. The organization specifically called out Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudans as nations that give the death penalty in cases pertaining to personal beliefs.

The IHEU also argued in its document that religious systems do not have human rights and that individuals do, thus there should be no conflict between “the rights of religion and the right to free speech.” It’s main argument? People should be protected, regardless of what they believe (or don’t believe, for that matter).

“There is no conflict in law between these rights and freedoms,” explained Sonja Eggerickx, president of IHEU. “The conflict arises where national laws oppress the rights to freedom of thought and expression which we all deserve.”

You can read the report in its entirety here.

(H/T: Reuters via Yahoo!)

12 thoughts on “Atheist Group Petitions U.N. to Reject Islamic Calls for Global Blasphemy Laws”

  1. I’m an atheist – belief in God is about as rational as believing in the tooth fairy – but that doesn’t make me a cringing dhimmi. If I had no respect for you I’d use a few colourful words for what you said.

    1. Okay, I’ll bite:

      Do you believe in God given rights (call them natural rights if you prefer) like freedom of speech or the right to bear arms?

      Do you believe in a nation under God or a nation under Obama/Gillard/David Cameron or Kim Yong Ill?

      Do you believe the dollar should say ‘in God We Trust’ or would you prefer something like ‘we put our trust in the spaghetti monster?’

      I’m not trying to sell religion to you, but there are very practical reasons for leaving certain things to a higher authority. Whether you believe or not.

      Think about it!

  2. Irrespective if people believe in G-d or not ultimately everyone believes in something, ie: car, personalities, money, trees, rocks etc, etc. I’m betting people such as yourself Richard celebrate Christmas, Easter, Valentines day and the multitude of othe pagan festivals that abound us.

    I’m yet to see such people as yourself go after Muslims with the same amount of fervor as your cohorts go after Christians and Jews. I’m betting it’s the reaction that Muslims give in return, your always guaranteed of them ‘not’ turning the other cheek 😉

  3. I believe in the sovereignty of the individual. I don’t believe there’s any higher authority than my own reasonand ownership of my own life. Imaginary beings are not higher authorities any more than Julia Gillard, Obama, or any other politician or would-be despot. I don’t need to believe in an imaginary mystical being to understand that I have rights. They’re perfectly derivable from the reality of human life itself.

  4. And after reading that statement of self righteousness I can’t help but reflect back onto Proverbs 26:4.

    How is it that such a book holds so much wisdom yet soe people never will…………….

  5. You’re wasting your time arguing with these loons Richard.
    Bit like talking sense to the Taliban really….

  6. Sheikh, I refer you to Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the writings and videos of Christopher Hitchens, GEERT WILDERS, etc., etc. Like I’ve said before, we’re all Americans, so stop with the irrelevant bashing. If you run across a person who claims to be an atheist and they’re reviling Christianity and Judaism and defending Islam, well, you know what’s coming here … they’re not an atheist. They are probably nothing but a libtard idiot dhimmi claiming to be an atheist because for whatever reason it’s fashionable to them. Ignore them or blast them and let it go! You’re well aware of the huge number of generation whatevers over the past two or three decades who don’t have a f*ck*ng clue about anything except the libtard political garbage they were fed in public schools. Think about this … twenty five percent of the people you see talking on cell phones aren’t talking to anyone, they’re pretending. That’s the sort of society we live in. It took me a long time to sort this Islam thing out also. I had read a lot, but never REALLY associated terrorism with Muslims/ Islam. I’m not stupid, I have a high IQ, but I’d fallen for the dominant paradigm that Islam is just another religion, blah, blah, blah. I came to my little enlightenment about Islam mostly through Hitchens and Harris. My religious background and leanings had been actually holding me at bay about the truth of Islam. No longer. And, you cannot believe the sh*tstorms that Hitchens, Harris and Dawkins have dealt with regarding their anti Islam stances. However, they stand firm and for those not necessarily religiously inclined, they are good, rational sources for information regarding the evil of Islam.

    Islam is poison and we are stupid.

  7. It is about time the Atheist started speaking out against Islam.

    Very pleased they are starting to push back against the obnoxious “global blasphemy ban.”

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