UN Secretary-General Mr "Ban Free-speech"
Euroislam.pl 28 September 2012
By Jan Wójcik
Ban Ki-moon should leave his position as a Secretary-General of the United Nations. His comments concerning freedom of speech show that he simply does not understand underlying concepts of that freedom. Thus he is not able to fulfill part of UN's mission stated in article 1 point 3 of the UN Charter:
"To achieve international co-operation (…) in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”
The following comments concerning the anti-Islam movie, were made by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday:
"Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose."
"When some people use this freedom o
f expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way."
(underlines are made by author)
Which means exactly that there should be some supreme moral judge that will decide which part of the freedom of expression has right to exist and which should be silenced and punished. Welcome back to Middle Ages! Maybe this time that won't be the Catholic Church, but some group body influenced by spiritual leaders who will work on silencing people.
Probably Mr "Ban Free-speech” is also unaware that his reckless approach toward freedom of expression, can be the cause of religious wars again. Because what is if not humiliation to say that Christian and Jewish fatihs are corrupted, according to Quran? What with Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy” that humiliates beliefs of Muslims? And what about the champion of freedom of expression - Voltaire's play "Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet”, he also should be banned.
Mr "Ban Free-speech” does not understand that "common purpose” was used in communist times to ban dissidents, that Galileo was acting also against "common purpose” as it was in his days understood. Heliocentrism was then treated as "a very dangerous thing, likely not only to irritate all scholastic philosophers and theologians, but also to harm the Holy Faith”. I do not want to equal this low quality movie with brilant geniuses of Galileo, Giordano Bruno or Copernicus, but who will decide on what can and what cannot abuse beliefs? Those who have their political goals or those who's knowledge is limited?