Re: UN wants to make criticism of Islam a crimeMar 1st, 2009
Bear in mind though that there is no contradiction between opposition to criminalizing criticism of religion and opposing disrespect for religious communities. Woud I support a law criminalizing rude behaviour towards my neighbour? No. Would I oppose rude behaviour towards my neighbour? Yes. Same with criticism of Islam. I can accept respectful criticism of Islam, but those cartoons were quite rude to say the least. No they shouldn't necessrily be legally banned, but that doesn't mean we should take every opportunity to disrespect people within the confines of the law.
Just as a newspaper has the right to publish cartoons about Mohammed, you have the right to disagree with the newspaper, right not to buy the newspaper, even the right to organize a boycott of the newspaper. That all comes under the heading of free speech. Just as the newspaper has the right of free speech, so do you, and you are free to disagree with the newspaper.
However, a couple of things are not acceptable. One is government restricting free speech, banning the publishing of such cartoon (nobody has brought in such a ban anyway). The other is Islamís hotheads issuing a fatwa for killing the journalist who published the cartoons.
Such fatwas are routinely issued in Islamic states. If the Mullahs or Ayatollahs donít like something somebody in the West said about Islam, out goes a fatwa for his/her death. Then all it needs is one hothead to carry out the fatwa.
All such fatwas accomplish is they give Islam a bad name. But there have been several killings by such fatwa by Islamic hotheads (I think there was one in Sweden a few months ago).
So if you donít like something somebody says, by all means express you disagreement, protest, perhaps even sue in the court of law, take any legitimate action you wish.