Oh noes: Waning Support for Defamation of Religion Resolution Undermines Defense of Islam, OIC Chief Says

Defend your freedom of speech against the Islamofascists and the sellouts from the UN:

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu:

“… any laxity in this connection would mean the loss of a political and legal mainstay in the defense of our faith, our values and our sanctities.”
Clueless in Arabia: Willie Clitman’s wife (grinning stupidly)  with OIC head Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, (left)  and Rashad Hussainin (right),  Obama’s specially appointed Muslim brother, at a conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(CNSNews.com) –

As its annual “defamation of religion” resolution loses ground at the United Nations after a decade of successes, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is urging its members to close ranks on an issue, which it calls vital for the defense of Islam.

CNSNews.com – OIC Fulfills Function of Caliphate….

Foreign ministers from the 56 mostly Muslim-majority countries that make up the OIC plan to discuss the issue when they hold their 2010 session in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe next month.

In the Saudi city of Jeddah this week, the Islamic bloc’s powerful secretary-general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, told senior officials preparing for the Dushanbe meeting that he hoped OIC member states would “lend particular attention” to the religious defamation issue.

He voiced dismay about the declining support for the resolutions, and the fact that some countries, which he did not identify, were “thinking of reconsidering the subject.”

“I wish to affirm that the member states’ commitment to support the OIC’s stand vis-a-vis this vote is of vital weight and should not be downplayed,” Ihsanoglu said. “For any laxity in this connection would mean the loss of a political and legal mainstay in the defense of our faith, our values and our sanctities.”

Ihsanoglu’s comments came after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva late last month once again passed the OIC-drafted resolution on “combating defamation of religions,” but by a relatively slim margin.

Only 20 members of the 47-nation HRC voted in favor, while 17 opposed the measure and eight abstained. (Two were absent.)

It was the worst showing for the annual resolution since the OIC first introduced it at the HRC’s predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, in 1999.

Apart from the first two years, when the measure was adopted without a vote, the resolution has always passed easily, in a vote that showed a clear split between the Islamic bloc and its allies in the developing world on one hand, and mostly Western democracies on the other (see graphshowing annual vote results since 2001).

Since the HRC began operating in 2006, its composition has also been a factor – more than half the 47 seats are reserved for African and Asian nations, and OIC members have held around one-third of the total. Supported by perennial allies like China, Russia, Cuba and South Africa, the OIC has therefore had no difficulty getting the measures passed.

A religious defamation resolution has also been adopted by the full membership of the world body, the U.N. General Assembly in New York, each year since 2005.

In both Geneva and New York, however, the OIC has seen its sizeable majority decline in recent years, coinciding with stepped-up opposition by Western governments and energetic lobbying by legal, religious freedom, freedom of expression and humanist advocacy groups.

The most visible trend has been countries in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific moving from supporting the resolutions to abstaining, and in some cases – mostly in Latin America – moving from abstaining to opposing the measures.

Of particular interest has been a small number of African OIC members – Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Benin – which have gone against their own organization’s initiative, abstaining rather than voting for the resolution.

Also noteworthy was Zambia’s decision to vote against the resolution at the HRC last month. It is believed to be the first time an African country has done so.

‘Deep concern over future of relations with West’

Opponents argue that the concept of defamation applies to individuals, not the religions to which they may adhere. They claim the resolutions, although non-binding, are designed to shield Islam from criticism, with the effect of undermining freedom of expression and jeopardizing the rights of religious minorities and of Muslims wishing to convert to other faiths.

The OIC asserts that the resolutions are needed to combat “Islamophobia,” a phenomenon it says has worsened since Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. in 2001.

Defamation of religion resolutions typically cite counter-terrorism policies such as the profiling of Muslims, media allegations of links between Islam and terrorism, and the targeting of religious symbols – a reference, inter alia, to a Danish newspaper’s publication in 2005 of cartoons satirizing Mohammed.

The OIC has also highlighted last November’s Swiss referendum banning the building of minarets in that country as a fresh manifestation of the Islamophobia underlining the need for the resolutions.

In his address to the OIC officials in Jeddah, Ihsanoglu said the Swiss decision showed that Islamophobia has “now moved up from the level of individual practice or articles in the press to that of legislations and constitutions.”

As such, it prompted “deep concern over the future of Islamic relations with the West,” he added.

The OIC draws together 56 countries, most but not all with Muslim majorities, predominantly in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Although 40 years old, the bloc has become more visible and active at the U.N. in recent years. A 1995 “ten-year program of action” called on member states to coordinate positions, and accordingly they invariably vote as a bloc. Members also generally support each other in votes for leadership positions in international bodies.

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7 thoughts on “Oh noes: Waning Support for Defamation of Religion Resolution Undermines Defense of Islam, OIC Chief Says”

  1. Faith requires neither defence nor protection – people do.

    The Human Rights Council would do well to remember their purpose.

  2. First of all, islamophobia does not exist…

    Since a phobia is an irrational fear, we should ask if European Jews suffered from “Naziphobia” during World War 2… Or perhaps if supporters of democracy in Eastern Europe under the Iron Curtain suffered from “Communismophobia” or “Marxismophobia.” We have every single reason to be upset and angry over mahoundianism’s attempts to destroy democracy and turn our notions of human rights on their head, by doing away with women’s rights and gay rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion (or not to have religion at all), not to mention equality for all before the law (as opposed to giving penis-possessing mahoundians, especially ayrab ones, supremacy over everyone else.) And that is not a damn phobia.

    As for Ekmeleddin Insaneglouglou’s bout of verbal diarrhea that produced “For any laxity in this connection would mean the loss of a political and legal mainstay in the defense of our faith, our values and our sanctities”, we know what their faith, values and sanctities are:

    – Their “right” to stick their genitals into pre-pubescent girls;
    – Their “right” to murder anyone who dares criticize their ideology masquerading as a religion, or its supposed inventor mahound;
    – Their “right” to treat women as they’d treat livestock (and let’s not forget how unkind to animals, as Lord Cromer noted, mahoundians are, despite Edward Said’s hysterical fits over this timeless truth about those inbred bedouin savages);
    – Their “right” to help themselves to infidel property and face no punishment for it;
    – Their “right” to beat up women, “guaranteed” to them by Mein Qurampf 4;34;
    – Their “right” to rape non-tented human (i.e., infidel) women, because Mein Qurampf 33:59 tells them allah/mahound “gave” them permission for that;

    And we could go on, and on, and on… Such fascist savagery shouldn’t be protected in any way, shape or form by the civilized world, but mocked, ridiculed and mercilessly fought against until it’s back to an oil-depleted Arabian Peninsula. And, from there, with no oil money to tame the inherent savagery of those monsters, may they kill each other (as they always do wherever there are no infidels for them to unite against) until there’s just a single one of them left.

  3. * In his address to the OIC officials in Jeddah, Ihsanoglu said the Swiss decision showed that Islamophobia has “now moved up from the level of individual practice or articles in the press to that of legislations and constitutions.”

    Morocco: [Overall, the North African country has a history of religious tolerance. Morocco’s constitution provides for freedom to practice one’s religion, but Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code criminalizes any attempt to induce a Muslim to convert to another religion.]

    Maldives: [Maldives is a hundred percent Muslim country. Article 2 of the Constitution stipulates that Maldives is a sovereign, independent, democratic Republic based on the principles of Islam. Article 9 d states that no non Muslim can become a citizen of the Maldives even if he or she fulfills all the other criteria like being born to the citizens of Maldives etc. The same article 9 b also stipulates that no citizen of the Maldives may be deprived of citizenship.

    The President, Vice President and all the Cabinet ministers should not only be Muslims but also belong to the Sunni sect of Islam.]

    Swordi Arabia: http://www.saudinf.com/main/c4.htm
    [ Islam as the Constitution of Saudi Arabia
    It is the fundamental assumption of the polity of Saudi Arabia that the Holy Qur’an is more suitable for Saudi Muslims than any secular constitution. This assumption must be viewed in the context of a nation which is completely Islamic. Hence, no churches, synagogues, temples or shrines of other religions exist. No proselytizing by other faiths is allowed.

    The entire Saudi population is Muslim; the only non-Muslims in the country are expatriates engaged in diplomacy, technical assistance or international commerce.]

    And so on, mocking and blaspheming Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Messiah, Lion of the tribe of Judah … and rushing to their respective dooms like a rocket sled on rails.

    islam is doomed, along with its followers, and quite possibly its enablers (those who fornicate with it).

  4. I haven’t even read the article yet and I am pondering over Hillary’s lack of a head covering.
    In Saudi Arabia isn’t it mandatory for a woman, even a female head of state, to cover her head with a rag?
    Perhaps that is why she is getting the evil eye from the woman on the left and getting a message from the man behind her. “Please put on your hijab”.


  6. Hillary is laughing because she forgot to wear her headgear…and is getting away with it…

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