Obama Regime hands huge propaganda victory to radical Islamists seeking to criminalize speech deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims

At a State Department three-day, closed-door meeting in December 2011 with representatives of the Saudi Arabia-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on measures to fight religious “intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton protrayed the conference as a sign that Washington and the OIC are working together to protect religious freedom around the world.

 IPT (H/T TJV)  “We have to get past the idea that we can suppress religious minorities, that we can restrict speech, that we are smart enough that we can substitute our judgment for God’s and determine who is or is not blaspheming,” Clinton said. “I think if we do our work right, in years to come, people will look back and say this was a great step forward on behalf of both (sic) freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and our common humanity.”

But according to the Hudson institute’s Nina Shea (who attended portions of the conference as an observer), the event was actually a step backward for religious liberty. The meeting seemed to be an exercise in “moral equivalency and pandering to Sunni tyrants in the Middle East,” she said.

“The general theme seemed to be that the U.S. has problems just like Saudi Arabia with religious tolerance,” she added. “There was a total absence of perspective on all counts.”

Pointing to familiar events such the Muhammad cartoon violence, Quran burnings and Muslim objections to the film “Fitna,” OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu argued that his organization regarded bigotry as a primarily Western phenomenon. He wrote that “no one has the right to insult another person for their beliefs or to incite hatred and prejudice,” and that “freedom of expression has to be exercised with responsibility.”

Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative of the OIC before the U.N. Human Rights Council was more emphatic. He claimed that Resolution 16/18, which expressed concern about “negative profiling” and religious “stereotyping,” was driven by Western discrimination against Muslims. Akram also questioned whether Muslims engaged in discrimination, and said Muslims would not compromise on permitting “anything against the Quran, anything against the Prophet.”

Given these comments – and Saudi educational materials that encourage the spread of Islam through jihad and demonize Jews, Christians and polytheists – Shea believes U.S. officials are “naïve” to think there will be reciprocity from the OIC when it comes to combating discrimination.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s abysmal record of persecuting non-Muslims, the Kingdom received a note of dubious praise from the United Nations General Assembly, which on Monday passed a resolution condemning religious intolerance. According to Shea, the UNGA resolution – passed by consensus with U.S. support – singled out for praise a single program: A Saudi-built “religious dialogue” center in Vienna, Austria.

Given Saudi Arabia’s relentless persecution of non-Muslims, the praise is “Orwellian,” Shea told the IPT. “They don’t dare establish such a program on their own territory.”

OIC member states spearheading the anti-blasphemy campaign include Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – all of which jail or execute “blasphemers.” In nations like Egypt and Iraq, Christians are attacked and their churches torched while Muslim-dominated governments are unwilling or unable to protect them.

“In these countries, you have ‘cleansing’ tolerated by the authorities,” Shea noted. “Religious cleansing [of Christians] is underway right now in Egypt and Iraq. It’s been completed in Saudi Arabia. Jews have been cleansed from the Sunni Muslim world.”

By any measure, Muslims and other religious minorities in the United States face no dangers comparable to religious minorities in the Muslim Arab world. Indeed, like the Bush administration preceding it, the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to court American Muslims and portray their situation in a very favorable light.

Shea emphasizes that the behavior of OIC participants like Saudi Arabia gives no indication that they are interested in dialogue with minorities in their countries. She said that at the conference, participants largely ignored the vast differences between the United States and OIC member nations in protecting religious minorities.

One legal official (State Department confidentiality rules barred observers from identifying him or his country) gave a “one-sided depiction of American bigotry against religious minorities, including Muslims” in his opening keynote address, Shea said, telling representatives of some of the world’s most repressive regimes that America can learn from them about protecting religious tolerance.

Pointing to mounting reports of atrocities and intimidation against Middle East Christians and mass slaughter by the Islamist regime in Khartoum, Shea didn’t mince words in characterizing the attitudes of the American conference participants toward their OIC counterparts.

“It’s the equivalent of saying to Hitler: ‘Well, you have a real problem with the way you treat minorities and we have a problem with limiting the rights of Aryans here.’”

Washington Retreats on Speech Codes

The OIC (previously called the Organization of the Islamic Conference) has pushed for a universal blasphemy law for more than a decade. Since the November 2004murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in the Netherlands and the 2006 riots protesting cartoon depictions of the prophet Mohammad, the group has pressured Western European nations to implement speech codes punishing criticism of Islam.

In March, the Obama administration thwarted the OIC’s attempt to win United Nations Human Rights Council passage of a resolution calling for criminal penalties for the “defamation of religions.” The following month, Washington engineered Council passage of Resolution 16/18, a nonbinding measure which did not censor speech.

The victory didn’t last long. In July, Secretary of State Clinton revived the issue when she co-chaired an OIC session in Istanbul dealing with “religious intolerance.” Clinton called on countries to “counter offensive expression through education, interfaith dialogue and public debate,” while emphasizing that speech restrictions were unacceptable. She invited conference attendees to a follow-up meeting to continue the dialogue.

OIC officials seized on Clinton’s offer by stepping up their campaign for blasphemy laws and speech codes. Based on conversations with U.S. officials, Shea believes that many of them fail to grasp what the OIC represents. They lack essential information about apostasy and blasphemy laws and have “very little knowledge of the illiberal nature of the OIC,” she said. “There’s a sense of political correctness that prohibits probing of that organization and what it stands for.”

Although the United States is unlikely to emulate Western European countries in enacting speech codes, “what we see is self-censorship” by agencies like the State and Homeland Security departments which are barred from discussing issues such as Salafism and jihad. Moreover, “in the media, academia and the entertainment world, we see self-censorship on behalf of Islam. Certain issues are off the table.”

Shea believes that this “politically correct” approach to Islamism has disturbing implications for U.S. national security. In the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who massacred 13 of his fellow servicemen at Fort Hood in 2009, co-workers emphasized that they were deeply troubled by his jihadist ravings regarded him as a radical Muslim “but didn’t report it for fear of being labeled “Islamophobes,’” she noted.

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57 comments on “Obama Regime hands huge propaganda victory to radical Islamists seeking to criminalize speech deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims

  1. I have nothing but, insults and criticism for islam !! and some lead, if they want to make something of it.(to protect myself from their cowardly actions)

  2. Hello….The KORAN IS a book of intolerance to those who do not follow ISLAM and join the MUSLIMS. JUST READ IT!

    There is no kumbaya in Islam when the MUSLIMS rule. The most intolerant countries on the planet are MUSLIM countries. Our cowardly leaders who pander to these MUSLIMS make me sick.

  3. Amendment I
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Just nice to read it again now and then.

  4. Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
    A betrayal of trust or confidence.
    treason
    · Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
    · A betrayal of trust or confidence.
    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/treason#ixzz1QsLrbdUd
    Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.
    sedition In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

    Malfeasance the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).
    Nonfeasance is to ignore and take no indicated action – neglect. Misfeasance is to take inappropriate action or give intentionally incorrect advice. Malfeasance is hostile, aggressive action taken to injure the client’s interests.
    Example: A company hires a catering company to provide drinks and food for a retirement party. If the catering company doesn’t show up, it’s considered nonfeasance. If the catering company shows up but only provides drinks (and not the food, which was also paid for), it’s considered misfeasance. If the catering company accepts a bribe from its client’s competitor to undercook the meat, thereby giving those present food poisoning, it’s considered malfeasance.

    LET NO MAN SAY, HE DOES NOT KNOW!

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/treason#ixzz1kckzTDVK

  5. Hussain Obama , the biggest terrorist and dictator in the world , I pray to the universe that he gets removed from the white house and shipped back to Kenya

  6. HAJI HILLARY strikes again. We here in the USA have GOD given rights all other nations ahave rights given by other men!! These given by men can be taken away by men. But GOD given rights are ours. They can’t be taken away, given away, sold. or legislated away, for if they do we have the 1st Amendment, to yell and scream and adjudicate for return of those rights. If this fails we have been given the right to defend our selves and our nation and the Constitution Of The United States Of American with the 2nd Amendment. And we are also given the duty to remove any and all obstacles to the affirmation of the Constitution. By force if necessary when all else fails.
    This was why the forefathers of this nation included the first ten amendments, as a precursor to full agreement of the Constitution.
    I pity the nations that have no GOD Given Rights and no 1st & 2nd Amendments to bring about change that must be done.

  7. I was disappointed to find nothing new in this post except one video which I have not checked yet ‘cuz I am listening to vids of International Try The Koran Day, which have, at long last, been released. Here are the urls:

    # http://www.standupamericanow.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=98391&qid=1062191
    # http://www.standupamericanow.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=98392&qid=1062191
    # http://www.standupamericanow.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=98393&qid=1062191
    # http://www.standupamericanow.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=98394&qid=1062191
    # http://www.standupamericanow.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=98395&qid=1062191

    I recently compiled 13 of my blog posts about the new resolutions into a 96 page pdf which is available here:
    http://infidelsunited.com/documents/2944/175/hrc-res-16-18-related-resolutions-documents

    It contains vital quotes from and links to the relevant documents with the exception of Akram’s speech whose link I lost.

  8. I fully agree with Hilary. man is not smarter than God and I look forward to hearing directly from him on what he calls blasphemy. I am sick and tired of having some ignorant bible bashers or bearded ragheads telling me what they think God is saying or thinking. I also think that if God know exactly what every man’s fate will be, as Islam tells us, he will have taken blasphemy into account, in other words, the matter is already been taken of.

  9. When are the fools in America going to wake up and put and end to the narcissistic, thin skinned, racist, islamic terrorist in our white house. We are running out of time to save our country from this traitor-in-chief.

  10. I do apologize for rushing in here like this to post this. This WILL be scrubbed from the internet (You Tube).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aCfR8rmrw

    KEEP THIS MOVING!!!!!! BLOCKBUSTER REVELATION! – MINI Documentary Illegal
    Obama “Propped Up” By Congress! If you never watch another video, watch this
    one, this proves the Democrats(And some Republicans) know Obama is not an
    American and is serving illegally and unconstitutionally and the efforts they
    made are recorded in the Congressional Record, attempting to change the
    Constitution so he could serve legally. EVERYONE that cares about and loves this
    Constitutional Republic absolutely MUST watch and forward this video!!!!!! This
    one must go viral. I won’t be surprised when the people of this country begin
    calling for an Impeachment. This guy and his croonies have been intentionally
    deceiving the American public and his friends in Congress have been propping him
    up.. Where are our elected representatives.

      • Do you mean to tell me that I panicked over nothing? Om my! Thank you for telling me.
        Do you remember “Fear in Our Hearts?” — the story of Obama? It was taken off, I think(?) within a month of it being on You Tube.

        I guess now, he thinks he is set and secure and isn’t bothered by anything.

        I’ll go quietly now, LOL, and calm myself (chuckling at myself.)

      • Upaces, OTOH, I wouldn’t be surprised if ALL the anti-Obama videos get pulled by Youtube later this year.

      • As I understand it,,There is a department thats job it is to report any anti Obummer Vids etc,and pull these off the tube..I wouldnt be suprised…

        I must apoligise for some of my posts,the grammer and spelling seems rubbish,,I have good days and bad days,,,I hope that I dont upset you good people too much..

      • Budgie, do NOT worry about it. (shhh, I am 66 and half blind when night time comes; and IF the print is small, IF I like the article, I copy and paste it to put on Microsoft word in VERY large font…then I go back to the discussion to type in my response — shhhh, but don’t tell anyone okay? LOL

  11. As far as I am concerned there is only one true GOD and that is the God of the BIBLE. (The Book)
    Jack Van Impe sure had lots to say about the false prophets of Christianity today. He was warning his viewers about the move towards CHRISLAM thats Christian who think they can worship side by side with muslims (with a small m)They are crazy people for sure, they have never heard of Tiqiyya

    • you are seeing the subtle but pervasive influence of the Baha’i doctrine of ‘Unity in Diversity’ (multiculturalism) when you see Chrislam crap..

      Universalism is the evil twin to Atheism.. both seek to kill off Jesus forever..

      The thing about the baha’i that most aren’t told is that the prophet of the baha’i claimed to be the second coming of Isa (not Jesus).. therefor the baha’i seek to infect all Christian societies with islam so as to replace Jesus with Isa thereby making Baha’u’llah relevant..

  12. SORRY, BNI the death penalty is off the books here in Canada. They will probably get LIFE,
    which is a joke as it is usually 25 years.
    However who knows what will happen in the prison ! ! ! ! !

  13. Under Obama, the borders are less secure, the national debt is astronomical, the military is weakened, and the Muslim Brotherhood is thriving in key government positions. It is not a stretch to see him embracing the loss of free speech to appease Muslims when re-elected.

    He was planted in the White House to destroy America and he is doing just that. I am beyond alarmed.

  14. Basically, the ruling proclaims open season against all religions except islam.
    Naturally ms billiousry would join in promoting the religion of her muslime in chief !

  15. “Truth is the new Hate Speech!” That’s been my mantra ever since I heard those prescient words. And it’s the first thing I say when confronted by an ignorant lib “frog in slowly boiling water,” too! The First Amendment (Freedom of Speech, inter alia) is the bedrock of our Bill of Rights – and we can never protest loudly enough when that bulwork of our liberties is attacked or threatened in any way! This muzzie not-so-silent-or-creeping jihad is an enemy alien, and we need to step up the fight! Down with the evil of pisslam!!

  16. Saw this as a tweet today, but on a lighter note…the family that was on trial for the “honor” drownings were found GUILTY!

      • Each of the family members were sentenced to life with no parole for 25 years. Yay! (no death penalty here though)

      • Unfortunately, Canada does NOT have the death penalty.
        I Have a friend in Canada that shared that info as well as:
        If someone comes into your own home, you MUST call their police. You cannot shoot them or you will be charged.

  17. Just read the articles on http://www.rescuechristians.org and I am angry all over again.

    Hilary Clinton is a two faced bitch.

    The catholic church is as much to blame for the persecution of Christians all over the world. They are the most politically correct “so called” Christian group and are responsible for persecution – all over the world of their own kind. Now I know why I don’t believe in “them” anymore. Jesus would be so disgusted in them. They are criminals. I have friends in the Priesthood and they agree, but dare not say.

    The last two popes kissed the quran. I have still not come to terms with this and if my teachers, Irish Catholic nuns were alive to witness this, they would rip them apart for the anti Christs they are.

    I gave the Church away many years ago. When they owned women’s bodies and minds. We should not use contraception, we must not do anything to stop falling pregnant. What a joke by men who will never have to worry about putting food into the mouth of their families. What would they know about it. Hysterectomy was the Catholic contraceptive.
    It is and always will be “a boys club for very little boys”.

    Historians claim the Roman Empire “fell”, well no it didnt, it just changed it’s name to the Roman Catholic Church.

    The Church itself is obscene, however many of the Christian people working within the ranks are very good and dedicated and Christian people.

    Today, Australia has been forced to accept the Order of the Head of the Organization in Melbourne that a dearly loved Catholic Priest, Father Bob, must retire. He does not want to, he has been ordered to. His parish is in an inner suburb of Melbourne and Father Ted has worked among the poor, the drunks, the hungry, the dispossessed and more recently with the addicts of his parish. He has never wavered in his love of his fellow man. He has had many fights with his bosses and usually wins, but not this time.

    Father Ted, is a humble man, a man with a great sense of humour and great love of his fellow man, and great dignity, although he never suffered fools at all. His attitude to authority, “the bigger they come, the harder they fall”.

    We love you Father Ted, and we will certainly miss you. We give thanks for having you in our lives.

      • Thanks for this info Bonni. When one has been a victim of Islam, anyone with a remotely Islamic sounding name is a suspect to us.

        I enjoyed, if this is the correct word, Walid Shoebat’s website. It was clear and concise and my thanks to him for helping you and helping the people in his articles. My God do they need our help. What can we do on a personal level besides a donation? Although this is important.

      • Therese, probably the best thing you can do is to share the stories/videos with everyone you know. There is hardly any coverage, usually no coverage of these Christian persecution stories in the media.

    • Martin Luther

      On war against Islamic reign of terror
      1528

      (On war against the Turk)

      Vom Kriege wider die Türken, 1528

      (WA 30 II, 107-148)

      http://www.lutherdansk.dk/On%20war%20against%20Islamic%20reign%20of%20terror/On%20war%20against%20Islamic%20reign%20of%20terror1.htm#_Toc129163847

      ……………
      Muhammad and the pope are tied together

      And what shall I say of the most Holy Father, the pope? Is it not true that he and his bishops have become worldly lords, have fallen away from the Gospel, led by the spirit of lies, and embraced their own human doctrine, and thus have practiced murder, down to the present hour? Read the histories of the time and you find that the principal business of popes and bishops has been to set emperors, kings, princes, lands, and people against one another, even themselves to fight and help in the work of murder and bloodshed. Why so? Because the spirit of lies never acts any other way.

      After he has made his disciples teachers of lies and deceivers, he has no rest until he makes them murderers, robbers, and blood-dogs. For who has ordered them to bear the sword, to make war, and to urge men on and stir them up to murder and war, when their duty was to attend to preaching and prayer?

      They call me and mine seditious, but when have I ever coveted the sword or urged men to take it, and not rather taught and kept peace and obedience, except that I have instructed and exhorted the regular temporal rulers to do their duty and maintain peace and justice? By its fruits one shall know the tree. I and mine keep and teach peace; the pope, with his followers, makes war, murders, robs, and that not only his enemies; but he burns, condemns, and persecutes the innocent, the pious, the orthodox, as a true Antichrist. For he does this, “sitting in the temple of God,” as head of the Church; and that the Turk does not do. But as the pope is Antichrist, so the Turk is the very devil. The prayer of Christendom is against both.

      Both shall go down to hell, even though it may take the Last Day to send them there; and I hope it will not be long.

    • I read with interest your artical,and your frustrations,,,The pope kissing the Koran,wow biggy,,,But there is a believe, that there is a big connection between catholic and islam..I watched a vid recently,and it was long,,but it did go into detail,,So dont feel Guilty,we have been fed a piece of crock,over many years,but as you say afraid to speak out,,,

      I liked your storry about father ted,,,people like him stand alone,,they may be with the church,, but they represent the goodness, that is in the world,,if we look for it we will find….I will look out for the vid,,and see if I can send it on,,best wishes,

  18. We need to deal with the muslims in our countries the same way they deal with Christians in theirs.And then see what they have to say about it.

    • I always said in Turkey, when boastful Turks were showing off about their wonderful Mosques and in particular the one in Istanbul.

      “When I can go into Santa Sophia Cathedral and worship as a Christian, which is who it was build for, then you can call it a mosque, but a mosque – it will never be”.

  19. “There’s a sense of political correctness that prohibits probing of that organization and what it stands for.”

    Well this shows that the liberal Left are a bunch of ignorant cowards who actually fear about learning something.

  20. Are the American people aware that in many parts of Europe their freedoms of speech have already been taken away? Hate Crime speech is now a criminal offence in many parts of Europe and its what Obama and his Muslims friends like CAIR want to force on us in America. They will do it slowly like boiling the frog. We won’t know our freedoms are gone till its too late to act out. Time to act is now. Start by throwing that SOB Muslim out of the White House.

    • Joy it goes alot worse than that,,its all been engineered to break us all apart as countries,,The LIsbon treaty, gives all the power in our great Land The UK,,to the EUSSR,and voting this goverment means nothing,,all the parties are sealed and bought..Mass immigration,Is just a way,of taken the peoples eye off the ball,we fight,it becomes marshall law,and then they the pastic goverment of the day,,just follows,the EU DIRECTIVE…But fight we must,,

  21. GO and try building a church in saudi, and see wot they the saudies think of it,,this whole goverment of your is a joke,,as is ours in the Uk,,we MUST vote these people out and if that doesnt work,,, then we must street protest,,as loud as we can..Thats the way it should work out,,hey never mind Arab Spring,,how about our springs????

    • I couldn’t agree with you more Budgie.

      When we vote, we get a new bunch of dickheads. Same horse, different jockey. Yep, time for our Spring. NOW!

  22. Recommended:

    Silenced: How Apostasy & Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide. (2011) Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-981228-8.

  23. Hillary Clinton…the same woman who would run for the hills if anyone brought up any example of Christian persecution. By the way, wasn’t this harpy supposed to be out of her job this month?

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