Standing up for the First Amendment

22 Sep

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: Moi believes that the U.S. Constitution is worth fighting for by speaking out in favor of the U.S. Constitution and particularly the rights guaranteed by the FIRST AMENDMENT. One of the reasons that moi WILL be voting for Gov. Romney is moi’s assessment that his philosophy is more likely to favor protection of the rights guaranteed by the FIRST AMENDMENT. Now, let’s get to the back story behind the organized protests. Moi listened to Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice on ‘This Week’ and girlfriend defended the administration’s response to the riots, but was clueless about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the fact that the U.S. should be promoting the concept of FREE SPEECH :’Islamic states to reopen quest for ‘global blasphemy law’

‘(Reuters) – A leading Islamic organization signaled on Wednesday that it will revive long-standing attempts to make insults against religions an international criminal offence.

The bid follows uproar across the Muslim world over a crude Internet video clip filmed in the United States and cartoons in a French satirical magazine that lampoon the Prophet Mohammad.

But it appears unlikely to win acceptance from Western countries determined to resist restrictions on freedom of speech and already concerned about the repressive effect of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries such as Pakistan.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said the international community should “come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression”, a reference to Western arguments against a universal blasphemy law that the OIC has sought for over a decade.

He said the “deliberate, motivated and systematic abuse of this freedom” were a danger to global security and stability.

Separately, the Human Rights Commission of the OIC, which has 57 members and is based in Saudi Arabia, said “growing intolerance towards Muslims” had to be checked and called for “an international code of conduct for media and social media to disallow the dissemination of incitement material”.

Western countries have long argued that such measures would run counter to the U.N.’s core human rights declaration on freedom of expression and could even open the door to curbs on academic research.

As if to underline the point, a conference in Geneva of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which groups the world’s major Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical churches, urged Pakistan to abolish its blasphemy law, which carries a possible death penalty.

Critics say the law is widely misused to persecute non-Muslims, and cite this month’s case of a Muslim cleric detained on suspicion of planting evidence suggesting that a 14-year-old girl had burned Islamic religious texts.’PEECH and the FREEDOM TO PRACTICE ONE”S RELIGION as an aspirational goal worldwide. Instead, this administration appears to be caving and at least in theory may be willing to limit the protections of U.S. citizens. What is moi talking about, well it’s the ‘Global Blasphemy Law.

Moi doesn’t care what your party or political affiliation is, in moi’s opinion, if you can’t make a strong defense in favor of the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution-you are clueless about what is really going on. The U.S. Constitution is worth defending.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-protests-religions-blasphemy-idUSBRE88I1EG20120919

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