• OIC Can't Stand The Heat In Kitchen

    From Xaragmata@3:800/432 to All on Sunday, March 16, 2008 16:42:32
    Islam is reaping what it sows; its followers don't like the taste of the bitter fruits of jihad and hatred and blasphemy against God and His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, who Muslims specifically and blasphemously
    reject as being the son of God. Soon, Islam will be no more, and no great loss.


    OIC mulls legal steps against insults
    DAKAR, March 15: The Muslim world has created a plan to defend its
    religion from political cartoonists and bigots.

    Concerned about what they saw as a rise in the defamation of Islam,
    leaders of the world's Muslim nations meeting at a summit in Senegal considered formulating legal measures against those who insulted their religion or its sacred symbols. It was a key issue during the two-day
    summit that ended on Friday.

    The plan represents an attempt to demand redress from nations like Denmark, which allowed the publication of blasphemous images, an incident that infuriated the Muslim world. However, the type of legal action it could
    take is not fully spelled out.


    The report concludes that Islam is under attack and that a defence must be mounted.

    To protect the faith, Muslim nations have already created an "observatory" that meets regularly to monitor "Islamophobia". It examines lectures and workshops taking place around the world and prints a monthly record of

    offensive content.

    The report presented on Friday urges the creation of a "legal instrument"
    to crack down on defamation of Islam, but it is unclear what kind of legal action could be taken. Some delegates point to laws in Europe criminalising the denial of the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic rhetoric. They also point to articles within various UN charters that condemn discrimination based on religion and argue that these should be made stronger.

    Hemayet Uddin, the lead author of the report and the director-general of
    the OIC culture and social affairs committee, said some form of legal
    action is needed because "this Islamophobia that we see in the world has
    gone far beyond a phobia. It is now at the level of hatred, of xenophobia
    and we need to act."

    The delegates, he said, were unanimous in the need for this. A new charter drafted by the OIC commits the Muslim body "to protect and defend the true image of Islam" and "to combat the defamation of Islam."


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