Well, this development sounds like good news, as it appears to a strong statement in favor of free speech in the face of assaults by the U.N. “Human Rights” Council. (A ridiculous name for what has been hijacked by some of the worst offenders of human rights.)
As we know, the UNHRC has tried on several occasions essentially to ban free speech when it “insults religion.” The UNHRC actually tried initially to limit the restrictions to attacks on Islam, whereas all the other cults would be fair game.
The U.S. and Egypt recently came up with a joint resolution that, while it “deplores” insulting religion, nevertheless asserts the right to free speech. For now, this resolution seems to be appeasing the Islamists who run the UNHRC. No doubt they will continue to push for full censorship of all criticism of Islam in the future.
The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a U.S.-backed resolution Friday deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right….
“The exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression is one of the essential foundations of a democratic society,” the resolution states, urging countries to protect free speech by lifting legal restrictions, ensuring the safety of journalists, promoting literacy and preventing media concentration.
However, Jihad Watch has a different, more indepth take on the subject, which they say constitutes the end of free speech.
Free speech death watch. The U.N. Human Rights Council approved the resolution, cosponsored by the U.S. and Egypt, yesterday.
It calls on states to condemn and criminalize “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.” It also condemns “negative stereotyping of religions and racial groups,” which is of course an oblique reference to accurate reporting about the jihad doctrine and Islamic supremacism — which is always the focus of whining by the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other groups about negative “stereotyping” of Islam. They never say anything when people like Osama bin Laden and Khaled Sheikh Mohammed issue detailed Koranic expositions justifying violence and hatred; but when people like Geert Wilders and others report about such expositions, that’s “negative stereotyping.”