I don’t know how many other atheist, secularist or humanist organizations have made vocal their concerns about the Islamist-backed push at the United Nations to limit criticisms of “religion” – i.e., Islam – but when I see articles like the following, I say, “It’s about time!”
But wait – how dare the obviously Islamophobic American Atheists object to having those poor little Islamists shoving their agenda down their throats, essentially attempting to outlaw the very notion of atheism and unbelief itself?! For, atheism on its face is a criticism of religion in general, which would include Islam in specific. All atheists would therefore be guilty of “defaming religion” by their very atheism. That being said, it’ is about time all atheists, secularists, freethinkers, humanists and so on get to work in preventing this assault on our basic human and civil rights.
An Atheist civil rights group today expressed concern that a proposed U.N. Resolution banning “defamation” of religion threatens civil liberties and gives religious groups “special rights” at the expense of free speech and intellectual inquiry.
The proposed measure is backed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and encourages member states of the UN to enforce measures prohibiting “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”
Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists described the proposal as “overly broad and a clear threat to anyone who questions religion or is critical of religion.”
“Publications and books that raise doubts concerning God and religion could easily be censored, along with movies, art and theater if a believer is ‘offended’ by the content,” said Buckner. He cited the publication of Salman Rush die’s novel “The Satanic Verses” and the more recent cartoons in the Danish press that contained unflattering depictions of Islam and its prophet Mohammed.
“What happens if a Christian is ‘offended’ by a copy of the Koran, or a Muslim objects to a book by Atheist Richard Dawkins,” Buckner continued. “This resolution would result in widespread government surveillance and censorship wherever opinions about religion are expressed.”…