OIC Drops Demand for UN Blasphemy Law

OIC Drops Demand for UN Blasphemy Law October 24, 2012

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.

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  • rork

    Invent a religion where mention of any gods or prophets is blasphemy.

  • greg1466

    I guess it hasn’t occurred to them that making blasphemy illegal under international law would by definition make literally every person on the planet immediately guilty. At least everyone who hasn’t figured out how to believe that every religion on the planet is simultaneously true.

  • baal

    I’m guessing Ihsanoglu would be ok then with being jailed for praying the wrong way to the wrong god or is perfectly happy with and would never condemn statements from the ultra-orthodox Rabbis?

    This is my question to anyone who wants to add to criminal codes. If your enemy ran the State and wanted to use your new law against you, how hard would it be for them to apply it?

  • zmidponk

    Hmm. Thought that popped into my head – if a new religion had a commandment from its god that it’s blasphemy in that religion to not blaspheme other religions, where does that leave this proposed law?

  • pacal

    I rather suspect that it just wasn’t the fact European countries and the USA would not support such a law. After all I suspect China wouldn’t support it either.

    A more realistic reason would be that they wer;re probably told that such a law would bite them in the ass. I suspect that OIC was thinking that such a law would privilige their religion from attack, their religion being the only truth you see, but found out that a lot of what Muslims say about other religions would be considered “blasphemy”. OPPS! That was definitely not what this idea was suppossed to accomplish.

  • jameshanley

    Yeah, denying that Jesus is God is an insult to Christianity. Every Muslim is hereby guilty of an international crime. They’re just going to love it when the U.S. decides to go ahead and enforce that for the U.N.