Christians wake up to the dangers of UN anti-blasphemy resolution

FOR months now secularists and proponents of free speech have been warning of the dire implications of an Islamic-inspired United Nations anti-blasphemy resolution. Now Christian leaders too have cottoned onto the dangers posed by the resolution.

According to the Christian Post, the resolution:

Could hinder Christian evangelism and spread sharia law.

Said Carol Moeller, president and CEO of an organisation called Open Doors:

This anti-blasphemy resolution is mostly seen to be putting a ‘chilling effect’ on Christian work and outreach around the world, and that is a very troubling development for us.

The non-binding UN resolution was first introduced by Pakistan and the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the UN Human Rights Council in 1999. It was amended to include religions other than Islam, and has since passed every year.

In 2005, Yemen proposed a similar resolution before the General Assembly and now the 192-nation Assembly is set to vote on it again.

Resolution 62/145, which was adopted in 2007, says it:

Notes with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. It stresses the need to effectively combat defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred, against Islam and Muslims in particular.

Despite good intentions, Moeller said:

The reality is that wherever Christianity and Islam come into relationship with each other in the culture, the net effect has been for Christian evangelism to be silence or to be intimidated through this act.

Although the resolution is non-binding, it has been passed several times giving it a kind of authority and, in effect protecting militant Islamists who retaliate against perceived offenses, Moeller said.

Moeller added:

The slope is so slippery because everything that purports to criticise Islam is considered ‘blasphemy.’ Anything that promotes another religious viewpoint, like Christianity, is considered ‘blasphemy. ‘It really becomes the ultimate weapon against free religious speech around the world.

Earlier this year, the US government mission in Geneva said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council that :

Defamation-related laws have been abused by governments and used to restrict human rights.

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton commented:

It’s obviously intended to have an intimidating effect on people expressing criticism of radical Islam, and the idea that you can have a defamation of a religion [ruling] like this, I think, is a concept fundamentally foreign to our system of free expression in the United States.

It is bizarre, to say the very least, that the Human Rights Council should be used as a platform for this ridiculous resolution, as the very worst violators of human rights are the the Islamic regimes themselves.

Former Iranian Ali Sina, creator of the FaithFreedom blog, points points out in this article that:

Human rights abuses happen in many countries, but never to the proportion and the magnitude of what is happening in Iran and other Islamic countries. In the last few years, and with no little thanks to the Islamic Revolution of Iran, I noticed that the major human right abuses are perpetrated in the name of religion.

I became concerned for the plight of my people in Iran and her neighboring countries and decided to investigate the cause. I asked myself whether all this is because the gentle and peaceful message of Islam is misunderstood and whether there is a way to revive the pure Islam and save my country.

It was in this quest that I realized, to my chagrin, that the human right abuses are not deviations from the true Islam but they ARE teachings of Islam.

12 responses to “Christians wake up to the dangers of UN anti-blasphemy resolution”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    If the countries of the EU had any backbone, it would withdraw (very noisily) from this corruption of the HR declaration. We EU Citizens are, after all, covered by our own HR declaration which doesn’t include any of this religious nonsense (aren’t we?)

  2. Newspaniard says:

    P.S. For nonsense read claptrap

  3. valdemar says:

    Good point, Newspaniard. If the UN doesn’t uphold genuine personal freedom it ceases to have any obvious function, beyond its original role as a standing conference of nations.

    Oh, I checked Ali Sina’s site – if anything, he’s a supporter of the US Republican right, so he’s hardly someone to be quoting with approval here.

  4. […] as the Christian Post (via) reports, Christian leaders are starting to cotton on to the dangers posed by these resolutions. […]

  5. Marcus says:

    Anyone detect a whiff of irony about this report? For centuries Christians gleefully supported anti-blasphemy laws, and there are many Christian countries which still legislate against blasphemy. But now that there is a possibility that ISLAMIC blasphemy law might be used against Christians, they are screaming their tits off about freedom of speech. Un-bloody-believable!

  6. ziggy says:

    Thank you, Marcus – my sentiments exactly.

    Xians aren’t interested in human rights, only their own rights.

  7. Newspaniard says:

    Marcus/Ziggy… Yes, but it’s been a few years since Christians demanded the death penalty against blasphemers, where Islamofacists are demanding it as I write

  8. ziggy says:

    Dear Newspaniard, I don’t think your observation in any way negates the excellent points about the continuing self-interest of Xians made by Marcus or my point that their current position still shows no interest in human rights as such.

  9. Ex Partiot says:

    there should no laws whatsoever against blasphemy, as all religions are total B.S and nothing more than a form of mythology.
    Religion is used for a sinister form of mind control and unfortunatly it seems to be working a large number of people.

  10. Newspaniard says:

    Ex Partiot. I’ll second (and third) that.

  11. LDUK says:

    Religion. Wow, that’s still around. Some people are so friken stupid. The only law tha should be around is the law against religion asking for laws.

  12. Steve Brown says:

    Blasphamy laws and resolutions are totally unjust and breach human rights.

    Religious organisations know that historical facts, science, common-sense and reason totally disprove their corrupt teachings. They want to silence critics so that the truth is hidden.

    Religious leaders want the right to indoctrinate people with their distastful mix of violence, intollerance, sexism, homophobia and repression, without question and without criticism.

    This all demonstrates the root problem with all religions. They teach blind faith in nonsense that they cannot defend by reasoned arguement, so they resort to violence and repression instead!

    Only a secular society can ensure true freedom of speech and expression and help to free the world from the bigotry of religion and the wars and division it causes.