tisdag 18 september 2007

Mänskliga rättigheter islamiseras?

Jag rekommenderar att ni går in på WEA:s hemsida och läser rapporten om hur FN:s mänskorättskommisison islamiseras!
EnligtUNHRC:s rapport är anti-semitismen Israels fel, när kristna förföljs är det de kristnas fel och när muslimer "drivs"till att bli extremister är det icke-muslimernas behandling av dem som är orsaken.


Undantagsvis sätter jag in några citat på engelska:

-Doudou Diene's report should be studied by all religious liberty advocates and everyone else interested in free speech. Diene postulates that "defamation" of Islam generates dangerous Islamophobia, which leads to the repression of Muslim rights and in turn drives Muslims to extremism. This forms the foundation for his recommendation that our international human rights covenants be reinterpreted and amended.


There are numerous problems with Doudou Diene's report. This list is selective, not exhaustive.Before even turning the first page it important to ask whether it is appropriate to link (even by association) racism and racial discrimination with defamation of religion and Islamophobia, as race is a totally separate issue from religion. Beliefs should always be open to critical analysis in the pursuit of truth. All efforts to tie religion to race should be rejected.Right from the beginning the report takes aim at "democratic parties", "governmental alliances", "traditionally democratic parties" (par 6), but nowhere does it challenge totalitarian regimes and religious dictatorships (governmental and non-governmental). It is from within this context the report criticises the "dogmatic rejection of multiculturalism", the defence of value-based identity (par 7), and the curtailing of civil liberties to preserve national security (par 8). In other words, it is quite clear that Diene's criticisms relate to democratic, multicultural states such as the US, Canada, Britain or Denmark, not states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt or Libya.Also the use of the word defamation is highly contentious. Defamation relates to damaging slander or libel, which is by definition false. Using the word "defamation" implies that damaging lies are being propagated. Any effort to redefine offence, criticism or questioning as defamation must also be rejected. People should be free to debate and explore the truth or otherwise of claims against religions. However, Diene's use of the terms "ideological violence" and "intellectual violence" (par 9) give some indication of how he might view such debate (at least when non-Judeo-Christian religions are the subject).

According to the report, "defamation" of Islam gives rise to Islamophobia which in turn drives Muslims to "extremism" (par 17). In other words, the cycle of Islamic "extremism" starts with non-Muslims, who must therefore ultimately be held accountable for it.


According to Diene, anti-Semitism predominantly stems from "political rather than religious or racial motives" (par 38). This entirely and conveniently circumvents the problem and the reality of the inherently anti-Semitic nature of the Qur'an.According to Diene's report, Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism is not ideological but political and "reinforced by the daily images of the tragedy of the continuous occupation and suffering of the Palestinian people" (par 39); i.e it is not "baseless" but justified and its escalation is Israel's fault.

Diene makes it quite clear that like anti-Semitism and contrary to Islamophobia, Christianophobia is not for one moment baseless or unjustified. Diene attributes Christianophobia to "the aggressive proselytism of certain evangelical groups" (par 45). Diene also attributes Christianophobia to the era of Christian-European colonisation and the current debate about the Christian ("value-based") identity of Europe (par 46).

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