International Humanist and Ethical Union 24 March 2010
Speaking at the United Nations today, 23 March 2010, IHEU representative Roy Brown called on the UN Human Rights Council to "reject the resolution 'combating defamation of religions' as both unjustifiable and unnecessary".
He also highlighted a new report showing that many of the countries who are most vocal in calling for restrictions on the "defamation of religion" actually have some of the highest levels of restrictions on freedom of religion. The resolution "combating defamation of religions" is scheduled to be voted on this Friday, 26 March 2010.
As the first speaker in favour of the motion Tariq Ramadan states his belief that Europe has failed its Muslims in various different ways. It has allowed a political discourse in which Muslims, like the Turks and Bosnians, are not viewed as European citizens and has neglected to recognise the historical contribution of Muslim philosophers and scientists in forging the continent's identity, or the economic contribution of Muslims since World War II.
Arguing against the motion Douglas Murray states that Islam is associated with violence for good reasons; it wasn't Buddhists or Atheists who were responsible for the 9/11 or 7/7 attacks. He says that the Muslim population has grown extraordinarily fast - from barely anything in the mid 20th century to between 15 and 17 million at the start of the 21st - and has been relatively successful. But there had been a failure of leadership among Muslim leaders, many of who were paid generously by European governments. The current leader of the Muslim Council of Britain couldn't even condemm stoning.
PajamasMedia 15 March 2010
By Andrew G. Bostom
Ever since the triumphs of Islam’s prophet became the ultimate inspiration for jihadism almost 14 centuries ago, Muslims have especially revered the bellicose, conquering Muhammad of Medina. (For a pious contemporary example, see Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s "The Prophet Muhammad as a Jihad Model.”) According to a canonical hadith (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0272), Islam in essence belongs to Medina, as a serpent to its lair, the specific words being, "Verily the faith [i.e., Islam] would recede to Medina just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.”
Holy war is in response to Swiss ban on minarets - but UN chief tells Libyan president to put a sock in it.
Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of new minarets has shocked and angered Muslims around the world. But the controversial move also reflects a growing sense of unease among other Europeans who have trouble coming to terms with Islam's increased visibility.
Gates of Vienna 22 December 2009
By Baron Bodissey
For a long time any criticism of Muslim immigration in the Netherlands — especially when voiced by Geert Wilders and other members of the PVV — was considered unwise, because it would tend to radicalize impressionable young Muslims and push them farther away from integration into Dutch society. So the reasoning went, anyway.
Independent.co.uk 21 December 2009
By Deborah Garel
The response to the Swiss ban on minarets has triggered extensive criticisms from most other European governments.