Jihad Watch : My latest in PJ Media:
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is made up of 56 nations plus the Palestinian Authority, met Thursday
in Jeddah and called for the adoption of an international law
criminalizing criticism of Islam. But that kind of law could never be
adopted in the United States, could it? Think again.
The OIC’s secretary-general,
Dr. Yousef al-Othaimeen, called upon the nations of the world, both
Muslim and non-Muslim, to crack down on speech that was “insulting
religions or prophets.” It was clear, however, that al-Othaimeen
couldn’t have cared less about speech insulting Christianity or Judaism
or Hinduism or Buddhism or any of the revered figures of those
religions. He cared only about criticism of Islam.
“There are laws against
anti-Semitism and racism,” said al-Othaimeen. “So we request a law
against mocking religions.” He didn’t explain why laws against racism
should lead to laws against criticizing belief systems, since, after
all, contrary to the assumptions of Rachel Dolezal, Shaun King, and
Elizabeth Warren, one cannot change one’s race, but one can change one’s
beliefs, including religious beliefs. Al-Othaimeen likely knows this,
but cited racism because he knows how to pull the right strings to get
the Western intelligentsia to do what he wants.
“Islamophobia,” he continued,
“is a sentiment of excessive fear against Islam that is transformed into
acts of intolerance and discriminations against Muslims and even
violent crimes against people with Islamic attires.” No one should discriminate
against Muslims or anyone, and genuine intolerance, when it shades over
into illegal activity, and violent crime should always be prosecuted.
But the OIC wants to go much farther than that, and get Western
societies to criminalize criticism of Islam altogether.
Al-Othaimeen added: “These
issues are of great importance, to be worked on in collaboration not
only with governments, but also with people and non-profit
organizations, to prove to everyone that Islam is the voice of mercy,
moderation and coexistence with Muslims and non-Muslims.” Yes, everyone who remembers
9/11, and the Fort Hood jihad massacre, and the Boston Marathon
bombings, and a host of other jihad attacks, all carried out in accord
with Islamic teachings, knows all about Islam’s “voice of mercy,
moderation and coexistence with Muslims and non-Muslims.”
Read the rest here.
But this muzzling of criticism
of Islam could never happen in America, right? Wrong. In fact, this is a
lot closer to happening than most people realize. There is much more.