Muslim countries set aside their 12-year campaign to have religions protected from defamation, allowing the UN Human Rights Council to approve a plan to promote religious tolerance on Thursday.
Western countries and their Latin American allies, strong opponents of the defamation concept, joined Muslim and African states in backing without vote the new approach that switches focus from protecting beliefs to protecting believers.
Since 1998, the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) had won majority approval in the council and at the United Nations General Assembly for a series of resolutions on combating defamation of religion.
Critics said the concept ran against international law and free speech, and left the way open for tough “blasphemy” laws like those in Pakistan which have been invoked this year by the killers of two moderate politicians in Pakistan.
They argued that it also allowed states where one religion predominates to keep religious minorities under tight control or even leave them open to oppression.
your comments on this?
I'm all for that. We should be protecting people from the acts of others who would cause harm to them because of their religious affiliations and beliefs.
We should not be protecting the beliefs themselves, but instead criticizing and questioning them, making sure we all understand that it is the beliefs that are the cause of the conflicts and the atrocities.
Muslim countries, except perhaps Indonesia where sadly, the seeds of hatred for other religions seem to have been sown, one and all, are peopled by a large number of people who are averse to have social interaction with people of other religions. The official position in many of these countries is blatantly against the others. Irrespective of what the Quran says, in everyday life, Muslims have only disdain for other faiths. They try to act friendly but scratch a Muslim a wee bit hard and you have a fanatic on your hand. Moderation is no doubt practiced but even the moderation is only skin deep.
Christian countries, except perhaps Indonesia where sadly, the seeds of hatred for other religions seem to have been sown, one and all, are peopled by a large number of people who are averse to have social interaction with people of other religions.
The official position in many of these countries is blatantly against the others. For example - it is illegal for an atheist to hold public office in the United States and the money says "In god we trust" on the side of the coins.
Irrespective of what the Bible says, in everyday life, Christians have only disdain for other faiths, and especially for unbelievers, whom they consider fools.
They try to act friendly but scratch a Christian a wee bit hard and you have a fanatic on your hand as demonstrated by numerous abortion clinic bombings and forced legislation against gay marriage. Moderation is no doubt practiced but even the moderation is only skin deep.
The Muslims are just a few years behind you guys - eventually you will both be eductaed enough to drop the religious stuff - then we will have one less thing to fight over.
Are we getting it yet?
Hey Mark. I just got a new puppy. Reminds me a lot of you. No one can walk across the room without dragging the little bugger along behind them. It won't let go of your pant leg. No matter what. Think you'll ever grow out of this?
No _ I will continue to try to make the world a better place - regardless of how much that offends your Invisible Super Being. Sorry.
Tell you what - you stop saying there is something called god that you can fathom and I cannot - and I stop telling you why this causes conflicts - deal?
I don't believe in an invisible super being mark. And I admit I'm clueless, but even before I accepted that I never thought I could fathom more. I only said I was trying to fathom more.
No - you did not. Glad you no longer think there is something called god. This makes you an atheist you realize.
I don't think so. I hate labels. They tend to cause unrealistic reactions in others. I prefer the term clueless. It seems more appropriate.
Hahahaha. I love it!
Just "shake a leg" and he's there!
PS, he's so cute! (The puppy, I mean)!!
That coming from kristian who pretends to have tolerance and then makes sarcastic remarks on non-believers talks about "grow out of this" ? sounds ironic, isn't it ?
No. I would say that, since you don't know me, that would make your post intolerant. but that is simply an opinion.
Well, perhaps you are like me. Simply clueless.
Woohoo. That means I learned my something new today. I guess the rest of the day can be a party.
My house. Big barbecue. I always celebrate when I find out something new. Hop a plane and come on over.
I'll call the flying kangaroo to hold the plane till I get there. lol.
Please enjoy without me, this time!
Ok. I'll tell everyone the last piece of pie is yours, and you said I could eat it.
I will make it official.
You can have my piece of pie!
Now there's an unselfish act, if I ever had one!
Wow. Where's cagsil? He'll be so happy to see that. But no. You're a christian. I guess it won't count as selfless. He'd say your selfishness in your belief structure is deluding you into thinking it's selfless. You probably don't like pie anyway.
Pray why? Mark livens up things. Interludes are desirable, don't you think?
Trust Mark to leave his mark here, there, everywhere. Hello Mark
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