The following clip shows excerpts from an interview with Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the outgoing Secretary-General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), that aired on Al Jazeera not long ago. Vlad Tepes has interspersed some of Mr. İhsanoğlu’s remarks with commentary and additional material to help shed light on what the wily old Turk is up to.
Pay special attention to what the Secretary-General proposes in his remarks. He wants to criminalize any speech that “incites hatred” against a religion, as per UN resolution 16/18. You’ll notice that the criteria for “inciting hatred” include:
|1.||The prophet of Islam is insulted,|
|2.||The feelings of religious people (i.e. Muslims) are hurt, and|
|3.||The world’s 1.5 billion Muslims become angry and upset.
In other words, whether we are considered to have abused our free speech depends entirely on whether Muslims are offended by what we say, write, draw, our put into film.
This is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. But Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu’s vision is what the Obama administration is even now attempting to implement, as demonstrated by last night’s event in Tennessee:
For more on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, see the OIC Archives.