- Fellow infidels,
The Obama administration quietly signed on to United Nations Resolution 16/18 while America was celebrating Christmas. This could be the death knell for the First Amendment.
In a story at Forbes, author Abigail R. Esman had an excellent article “Could You Be A Criminal? US Supports UN Anti-Free Speech Measure” that explained in detail how horrible this resolution actually is. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has for years been trying to push through the United Nations a resolution to criminalize blasphemous speech and the “defamation of religion.” However, these efforts were regularly rejected by the American delegation and by the US State Department. The Obama administration, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has now signed on to this abomination of our free speech. Esman explains how bad it really is:
What’s worse, the measure codifies into the UN agenda support for the very notion democracies now wrestle with, and which threatens to destroy the very fabric of our culture: tolerance of the intolerant, or rather, the question of whether a tolerant society must also tolerate ways of life that are intolerant – that oppress women, say, or advocate violence against homosexuals, or force strangers to marry against their will. It is, in fact, this very concept that the OIC has long pressured Western governments to adopt in other ways, and that those supporting the adoption of Sharia law in the west have emphasized. Yet if we fall into that trap – as it appears we are – we will have lost the very heart of who we are.
Even some Muslims are alarmed at the adoption of the resolution. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, an observant American Muslim and the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said the following in an e-mail:
Anyone who believes that Resolution 16’18 is some kind of a breakthrough is sadly being duped by the most obvious Islamist double discourse. The shift from ‘defamation’ to ‘incitement’ does nothing at all to change the basic paradigm where Islamist nations remain in the offense, continuing to put Western, free nations on the defense.” Rather, said Jasser, “We should be putting Islamist autocracies on the defense and then simply reiterate that our First Amendment principles already protect the rights of all minorities — whether Muslim or otherwise — and that the best standard of free speech is the American one.
The Washington Times also has an excellent article titled “Obama Entangled by Islam” which points out that this action raises important First Amendment establishment clause issues because government is acting to benefit a single group solely on the basis of religion.
Even liberal law professor Jonathan Turley has problems with the resolution and writes about it in his piece “Criminalizing Intolerance: Obama Administration Moves Forward On United Nations Resolution Targeting Anti-Religious Speech.” In the article, Turley points out that history has shown that once you yield to the temptation to regulate speech, you quickly find yourself on a slippery slope as other divisive subjects are added to the list. He also noted that earlier this year Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared ominously that “free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war.”
Adoption of this resolution is unacceptable. Americans are not made to be ruled by Islamic supremacists….much less the United Nations. Let your Congressman hear about this. The phone number to the Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. Just ask for your representative or senator for your state. Please be polite but firm that you will not stand for this.
Until next time,