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Ban on Blasphemy, what do you think?

GENEVA – Four years after cartoons of the prophet Muhammad set off violent protests across the Muslim world, Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols and beliefs from mockery — essentially a ban on blasphemy that would put them on a collision course with free speech laws in the West.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Algeria and Pakistan have taken the lead in lobbying to eventually bring the proposal to a vote in the U.N. General Assembly.

If ratified in countries that enshrine freedom of expression as a fundamental right, such a treaty would require them to limit free speech if it risks seriously offending religious believers. The process, though, will take years and no showdown is imminent.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_on_re_us/un_banning_blasphemy

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 5:04 PM on Nov. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Eeeeeenteresting.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 5:53 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Lame. SOOO lame.
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 5:12 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Here are the comics in question. I never could understand why everyone had their panties in a wad over them. Comic strips in the US are far more blasphemous--especially political ones, like THIS now infamous one, and we don't go killing each other over them--guess we're just a little more "peaceful" a people than others!!! :o)

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:15 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • If ratified in countries that enshrine freedom of expression as a fundamental right, such a treaty would require them to limit free speech if it risks seriously offending religious believers.


    This is impossible, who would say what is offensive and what is acceptable?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:19 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • So what happens the first time a Christian stands up and calls the Quran blasphemy?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:21 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • I could see Obama going along with this.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Not suprised if the UN goes with it, but the US won't.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:02 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • And just WHO gets to define blasphemy? Honest; I'd like to know...


    What could be considered blasphemous to some may not be to all. Ridiculousness!

    beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 6:07 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • I guess that lets us know how the Muslims feel about separation of church and state!!!
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:26 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • things always seem ridiculous when the shoe is on the other foot.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:35 PM on Nov. 19, 2009

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