Michael DeDora, who represents the Center for Inquiry at the United Nations, reports that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has dropped its push for the UN General Assembly to make blasphemy and defamation of religion illegal under international law.
In important but underreported news, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has abandoned its push for a global ban on blasphemy at the United Nations, according to the news outlet Reuters.
The 57-nation body wanted the General Assembly, which is currently in session, to take up a binding measure criminalizing speech critical of religion. But Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the OIC, claims his outfit was unable to convince the United States or European countries to support such a proposal.
“We could not convince them,” Ihsanoglu said. “The European countries don’t vote with us, the United States doesn’t vote with us.”
Good. But as Michael notes, this certainly won’t be the end of the issue. They’ll keep bringing it up, probably forever.