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US free speech faces Islamic blasphemy law pressure (in US), analyst says
cna ^ | February 4, 2012

Posted on 02/04/2012 1:48:02 PM PST by NYer

Paul Marshall speaks at the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 3, 2012

Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2012 / 07:05 am (CNA).-

Paul Marshall, a religious liberty expert, says that attempts to “export” Islamic anti-blasphemy laws to the West could pose a threat to freedom of speech in the U.S.

Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said that many governments deliberately manipulate alleged instances of blasphemy by provoking popular outrage, enabling them to advance “particular policy goals.”

Marshall made his remarks Feb. 3 at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

He argued that blasphemy codes in the Muslim world are used to stifle religious minorities, as well as Muslim reformers who support religious liberty, freedom of speech and democracy.

In the U.S., Marshall observed, courts generally uphold the First Amendment’s free speech protections. But he said that America is still threatened by blasphemy laws, and cited efforts by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to promote international laws that ban insults to Islam, through the United Nations.

Marshall also cautioned against a growing tendency towards “extra-legal intimidation,” which involves private individuals pre-emptively censoring themselves -- often under the guise of religious sensitivity -- because they realize that it is “too dangerous” to insult Islam.

To illustrate the effectiveness of this intimidation, he gave multiple examples of books, newspapers and television shows that refused to publish content that could be deemed offensive to Islam, although they chose to carry similar material that mocked Christianity and other religions.

He also recounted the 2010 story of Molly Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, who called for an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” in response to such self-censorship. She received death threats for the suggestion and, under the advice of the FBI, changed her name and went into hiding.

Marshall also warned of the potential for government policies that seek to restrict speech. He observed that the Obama administration has vocalized a commitment to fighting “negative stereotypes of Islam,” although it has not done the same for other religions.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he noted, invited the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to a meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the U.S. could carry out this commitment.

According to Marshall, the December 2011 meeting featured presentations on how
America should fix its treatment of Muslims. It was also suggested that the U.S. should learn from countries in the organization, which use the death penalty to fight blasphemy within their borders, he said.

Although Clinton claimed to be simply pursuing tolerance, Marshall said it was concerning that she was partnering with an organization that has been aggressively lobbying to restrict free speech through legal controls. 

He urged the Obama administration to end this partnership and instead promote the idea that “in open, boisterous, free societies” all religions will likely be subject to criticism. 

The American founders considered freedom of speech to be critical, Marshall concluded, adding that “their example is always needed, but never more so than in a time such as this.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens; corruption; crushislam; fraud; islam; islamism; islamofascism; kalbislam; lping; muslims; nosharialaw; oic; sharia

1 posted on 02/04/2012 1:48:05 PM PST by NYer
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To illustrate the effectiveness of this intimidation, he gave multiple examples of books, newspapers and television shows that refused to publish content that could be deemed offensive to Islam, although they chose to carry similar material that mocked Christianity and other religions.

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2 posted on 02/04/2012 1:49:20 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

The only ones feeling pressured are leftists and statists


3 posted on 02/04/2012 1:50:21 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: americanophile

Ping!


4 posted on 02/04/2012 1:50:21 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

If the government would just stay out of the so called blasphemous business, half of this would disappear. And once again...a reminder...Islam is a political system, not a religiion.


5 posted on 02/04/2012 1:51:40 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer

“hate speech”: just about anything you say, whitey.


6 posted on 02/04/2012 2:05:14 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: tumblindice

Not even when Christians can travel without fear throughout the middle east, should our sovereign rights be in jeopardy.


7 posted on 02/04/2012 2:13:30 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he noted, invited the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to a meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the U.S. could carry out this commitment.”

Ask Mark Steyn about freedom of speech in the Great White North.


8 posted on 02/04/2012 2:20:38 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: NYer

Mohammed was a pedophile, slave trading, raping, pillaging, and murdering asshole.

And his mother was a pig.


9 posted on 02/04/2012 2:26:18 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: struggle

And his followers have lived up to his example, although I would not insult pigs that way....hehe


10 posted on 02/04/2012 2:28:48 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: NYer

Although Clinton claimed to be simply pursuing tolerance, Marshall said it was concerning that she was partnering with an organization that has been aggressively lobbying to restrict free speech through legal controls

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And this would be no problem to any well-meaning Leftist-Totalitarian-Fascist.


11 posted on 02/04/2012 2:31:34 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: struggle

I’ll second that.


12 posted on 02/04/2012 2:32:21 PM PST by cbvanb
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To: NYer

BO doesnt seem concerned with negative images of Christianity.


13 posted on 02/04/2012 2:52:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NYer

The NEA will put Mapplethorpe right on that one. He’ll be photographing a Koran dipped in urine and left suspended upside down before you can stick a bull whip up your ass.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 2:56:21 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (1)
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To: Eleutheria5
The NEA will put Mapplethorpe right on that one. He’ll be photographing a Koran dipped in urine and left suspended upside down before you can stick a bull whip up your ass.

You have a way with words.

15 posted on 02/04/2012 3:02:17 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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Thanks NYer:
16 posted on 02/04/2012 3:07:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: NYer

Do you mean we can’t say things like “Muhammad was a mass-murdering, brain-damaged pedophile ?”


17 posted on 02/04/2012 3:47:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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The cult of islam greatly offends me. The sight of them, listening to their prayers pollute the quiet of the day, and listening to them spout the pure horse $hit of their religious anti christian doctrine all offend me in a huge way.
If the pigs of islam get to kill my free speech because my words offend them what do I get to kill that offends me? I have fought for my freedoms and the freedoms of our free Christian world. If need be I and may like me will fight again to maintain those freedoms. Lock and load.
18 posted on 02/04/2012 5:21:59 PM PST by oldenuff2no (Rangers lead the way...... Delta, the original European home land security)
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To: struggle



19 posted on 02/04/2012 5:47:52 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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>> could pose a threat to freedom of speech in the U.S.

That threat already exists from within.

The 1st Amendment needs to be taken more seriously by non-secularists.


20 posted on 02/05/2012 12:35:46 AM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: NYer
This image is expressly intended to be viewed in Canada, the EU, and wherever else it may be against the "law".


21 posted on 02/05/2012 12:44:07 AM PST by cynwoody
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22 posted on 02/05/2012 1:06:09 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: NYer

Exporting Islam is a danger to and type of freedom PERIOD.
Islam is a cancer that attacks its host. The left sees them as a brother in arms agaisnt Christians.


23 posted on 02/05/2012 2:03:48 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: NYer

I will never, ever be tolerant of islam. Arrest me.


24 posted on 02/05/2012 6:34:00 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: struggle

Mohammed is proof that 6th-century Arabs had sex with pigs.


25 posted on 02/05/2012 7:16:10 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Eleutheria5
Robert Mapplethorpe snuffed it, from AIDS, appropriately enough, back in 1989.

While I do not doubt that, dead or not, the NEA will give him a grant to do another photo-essay on the glories of Islamic baby raping, they may have to wait a while for delivery.

I'm sure, however, that the NEA is willing to wait, familiar as they are with artistic temperaments.

26 posted on 02/05/2012 7:18:36 AM PST by jonascord (Ask any Democrat. He firmly convinced that he's brighter than you.)
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To: jonascord

Enh. There’s another Mapplethorpe born every 15 minutes.


27 posted on 02/05/2012 7:22:06 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (1)
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To: NYer

28 posted on 02/05/2012 7:33:31 AM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: NYer

(this song, illustrated on YouTube, got me banned from there for two weeks...I guess you cannot tell the story of Aisha)

DFU SONG: Bobby’s Girl (Mohammed’s girl) 6-15-02
DFU SONG PARODIES ^ | 6-2002 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Posted on 06/15/2002 9:04:32 PM PDT by doug from upland

MIDI - BOBBY’S GIRL
http://jhfoster.tripod.com/the60s.html

I know that he wants me bad…I know that he wants me bad

I’m only 8 years old…he’s still got it, I’m told
In just one year I’m gonna be his

Although I still am flat...he’ll call me pussy cat
That I’m too young is nobody’s biz

I will be Mohammed’s girl…I will be Mohammed’s girl
That is what I really want to be
When I’m Mohammed’s girl…I am Mohammed’s girl
I know he will take good care of me

All of his wives are hags…they’ve turned into old bags
I am so fresh and very nubile

On me he’s had his eye…he is my kind of guy
I’ll be the next one he will defile

I will be Mohammed’s girl…I will be Mohammed’s girl
That is what I really want to be
When I’m Mohammed’s girl…I am Mohammed’s girl
I know he will take good care of me


29 posted on 02/05/2012 8:07:13 AM PST by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: NYer

Collaborators will share the same fate.


30 posted on 02/06/2012 6:17:33 AM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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