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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

State Department v. Free Speech

Mrs. Clinton gives up whatever principles she might ever have had to suck up to Islam.
Last July in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton co-chaired a "High-Level Meeting on Combating Religious Intolerance" with the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Mrs. Clinton invited the OIC to Washington for a conference to build "muscles of respect and empathy and tolerance." That conference is scheduled for Dec. 12 through Dec. 14.

For more than 20 years, the OIC has pressed Western governments to restrict speech about Islam. Its charter commits it "to combat defamation of Islam," and its current action plan calls for "deterrent punishments" by all states to counter purported Islamophobia.


OIC pressure on European countries to ban "negative stereotyping of Islam" has increased since the 2004 murder of Theo Van Gogh for his film "Submission" and the Danish Muhammad cartoon imbroglio of 2005. Many countries (such as France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Italy and Sweden), hoping to ensure social peace, now prosecute people for "vilifying" Islam or insulting Muslims' religious feelings.

Encouraging a more civil discourse is commendable, and First Amendment freedoms mean the U.S. won't veer down Europe's path anytime soon. But if the Obama administration is committed to defending constitutional rights, why is it, as the OIC's Mr. Ihsanoglu wrote in the Turkish Weekly after the Istanbul meeting, standing "united" on speech issues with an organization trying to undercut our freedoms? Mr. Ihsanoglu celebrates this partnership even while lamenting in his op-ed that America permits "Islamophobia" under "the banner of freedom of expression."

President Obama should put a stop to this nonsense and declare that in free societies all views and religions are subject to contradiction and critique—and the OIC must learn to tolerate that. The alternative is what the late Indonesian Muslim President Abdurrahman Wahid called "a narrow suffocating chamber of dogmatism."
Ah, but the problem is that she's only doing Obama's bidding....

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At 11:54 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

she's doing her own bidding. She has a thing against Western men and their religion. She just spent the week attacking Israel for being un-"Democratic". She isn't just doing Obama's bidding and she isn't attacking all religion. She is nothing but bias.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
The problem lays here:
Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood


At 11:59 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Doing Obama's bidding? I wouldn't let her off the hook so easily. Obama's bidding, plus her own New Left bidding, plus the bidding of the Muslim Bro family of her chief of staff, constantly pictured whispering in Hillary's ear, and the bidding of Bill's masters who funded his library and re-established his $$. It's not something Hillary doesn't want to do, as far as I can see.


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