Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion – Creeping Sharia Within the Western Democracies
My note: Not all Muslims think this way . . . however . . . it is good to read, observe and make up your own mind. Religious membership does not a terrorist make . . . intention does. Article Expert.
International Free Press Society 9 November 2009
By Baron Bodissey
This is the first of a series of reports on the International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, which was held on Oct. 27 & 28 in Washington D.C. Originally posted at Gates of Vienna.
Creeping Sharia Within the Western Democracies
A prominent thread was woven throughout last week’s legal conference: the increasing pressure exerted on Western nations by Islamic law, or sharia. Wherever free speech is under threat, much of the impetus for censorship and repression comes from Muslims who wish to restrict the words and actions of others based on the tenets of Islamic law.
It’s true that even if there had been no mass immigration of Muslims into Europe, Canada, and the United States, our governments would still exhibit a tendency to silence dissent. Any truly open discussion about the European Union threatens its very existence, so a push to restrict speech in Europe is inevitable. Similarly, the growing preference among the American intelligentsia for "international law” and other Progressive fads can find little traction as long as public discussion remains frank and open. Pressure will always be brought to bear to mute such discussion, if possible.
However, radical Islam supplies most of the financial backing, street protests, violent intimidation, political initiatives, and legal action aimed at limiting free speech. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has mounted a major effort against free speech, either directly or through its compliant surrogates in the UN and the EU.
Whether the issue is defamation of Islam, blasphemy towards the Koran, insulting the prophet Mohammed, or other offenses against Muslim customs and doctrine, the attempted piecemeal implementation of sharia lies at the root of the problem.
One reason I decided to report on the conference by topic rather than panel by panel is that various themes reappeared repeatedly on different panels and in different speeches. The most prominent theme of all was sharia.
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"Creeping” is the appropriate term for the encroachment of sharia. Citizens in the Western democracies, even in their current apathetic and demoralized condition, would balk at devouring the entire Islamic leviathan. But when the beast is cut up into small chunks and served over an extended period of time, it goes down quite easily.
So let’s take a look at some of the bite-sized pieces of sharia that we are being forced to gag down daily:
1. The "freedom of religion” dodge (first of five)
The freedom-of-religion tactic is widely used by the OIC in its efforts to ban "defamation” (i.e. criticism) of Islam. According to this reasoning, criticism of a religion interferes with the practice of it, and thus violates the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the UDHR and various national constitutions. [ Read On ]