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Islamists Attack Free Speech At United Nations

rev_sheldon.jpgJuly 24, 2008
By Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Freedom of speech and criticism of Islamic practices are under assault at the United Nations by a group of Islamists from Pakistan, Egypt and Iran.

In late June, these Islamists shut down criticism of questionable Islamic practices in the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC). Those practices include female genital mutilation, stoning for adultery and child marriage – which all are permitted under Islamic Shariah law. Islamic terrorism expert Robert Spencer has detailed what occurred during this shouting match in FrontPageMagazine.com.

The verbal melee erupted in the Human Rights Council after the Association for World Education (AWE) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union issued a joint statement condemning genital mutilation, stoning for adultery and child marriages.

AWE speaker David Littman was interrupted by Islamist points of order at least 16 times – and the proceedings were suspended for more than half an hour. During this Islamic disruption, several Islamists made statements that should be widely discussed. They reveal far more about Islamic radicalism than the speakers may have wished.

Imran Ahmed Siddiqui of Pakistan told the Council that Littman should not be permitted to speak. He also said that criticism of Islam amounts to “spreading hatred against certain members of the Council.” He asked the head of the Council to bar any such discussions in the Council. A representative from Egypt told Littman that his nation “will not take this lightly. … This is not about NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and their participation in the Council. This is about the Shariah law.”

When Littman continued his criticism of Iranian’s practice of stoning adulterous women, the Iranian delegate denied that such practices take place in Iran. Could the Iranian representative be unaware that as of September 2007, eight women were awaiting stoning to death on adultery charges?

The President of the Human Rights Council, Doru-Romulus Costea ruled that religious issues can be “very complex, very sensitive and very intense… This council is not prepared to discuss religious matters in depth, consequently we should not do it.” As a result of this ruling, only religious scholars would be permitted to discuss Islamic religious practices in future meetings of this “human rights” council.

The Human Rights Council is dominated by Arab and other Muslim nations, so its pronouncements will undoubtedly become more and more Islamized in the future. In March, for example, the HRC passed a resolution urging nations to pass laws criminalizing the defamation of religions!

There are currently 47 countries on the Human Rights Council. Of that 47, sixteen countries are Islamic! These nations are frequently aided in their attacks upon American values by such Communist-controlled nations as China and Cuba. Russia and South Africa also frequently vote with the Islamic bloc.

U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based organization is rightly concerned about this “human rights” group being dominated by totalitarian regimes. U.N. Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer noted: “Unless the U.N. stops electing the worst violators to the Human Rights Council, we will continue to have the foxes guarding the chickens.”

Only at the United Nations could we observe such Alice-in-Wonderland politics – where up is down and right is wrong. The U.N. Human Rights Council is a dangerous entity run by Islamic fanatics and Marxists who will use their powerful positions to undermine free speech, freedom of religion and democratic governments around the world.

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