An influential group of Muslim scholars is demanding that the United Nations pass a law forbidding blasphemy on an international level, protecting the delicate sensibilities of religious people and their “prophets” and non-existent deities.
A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but “not to resort to any violence”…In a statement released Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for “prophets” and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed.
The union said the UN should then issue a “law criminalising contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites”.
It also called for the West “to protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors”.
We certainly ought to protect Muslim communities — every individual, actually, regardless of their religion — from attacks. But protect your beliefs from criticism? No fucking way. Get over yourselves.