International Judge Muhammad Day vs. The Istanbul Process
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." ~ George Washington
The Istanbul Process Begins 2011
Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State: "I want to applaud the Organization of Islamic Conference and the European Union for helping pass Resolution 16/18 at the Human Rights Council.... together we have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression, and we are pursuing a new approach based on concrete steps to fight intolerance wherever it occurs. Under this resolution, the international community is taking a strong stand for freedom of expression and worship, and against discrimination and violence based upon religion or belief.
"...The resolution calls upon states to protect freedom of religion, to counter offensive expression through education, interfaith dialogue, and public debate, and to prohibit discrimination, profiling, and hate crimes, but not to criminalize speech unless there is an incitement to imminent violence.
"...we have seen how the incendiary actions of just a very few people, a handful in a country of nearly 300 million, can create wide ripples of intolerance. We also understand that, for 235 years, freedom of expression has been a universal right at the core of our democracy. So we are focused on promoting interfaith education and collaboration, enforcing antidiscrimination laws, protecting the rights of all people to worship as they choose, and to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor. " ~ Hilary Clinton, July 15 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
Burning the Koran was an act of warning, of exposing the long entrenched intolerance of Islam. We did not create intolerance. We do not hate Muslims. We are also not intolerant of Islam. Muslims have freedom to worship and must keep it, unless their worship involves drowning daughters in canals, detonating suicide bombs among crowds of innocents, or supporting those that 'worship' in this way. This is not tolerated by any Western law, yet the West has begun to shelter such crimes as they are sheltered in many Islamic countries.
It is the radical, violent and oppressive aspect of the 'worship' of Islam that needs to be exposed. We need more 'interfaith education' about Islam and Muhammad, not less. Expose the 'polarizing debate' of the Koran! Expose the lack of respect Muhammad had for those he murdered and raped, for those that just had a different view from his own.
The Istanbul Process shifted to Washington DC in December 2011 where the Obama Administration met behind closed doors with the OIC. Why is the OIC telling the American government what to do? And why can we not know what they said?
Hilary Clinton said in a public speech, "...it’s one thing if people are just disagreeing. That is fair game. That’s free speech. But if it results in sectarian clashes, if it results in the destruction or the defacement or the vandalization of religious sites, if it even results in imprisonment or death, then government must hold those who are responsible accountable.
"We have to get past the idea that we can suppress religious minorities, that we can restrict speech, that we are smart enough that we can substitute our judgment for God’s and determine who is or is not blaspheming." ~ Hilary Clinton, December 14, 2011
So when the Islamic leaders claim it is blasphemy to say anything nagative about their teachings or prophet, although we are just quoting from the Koran itself, or repeating what those leaders themselves say about the life of Muhammad, and those Imams and Mullahs incite violence among their followers, or individual Muslims react with violence, what is she saying? Is the White House supporting the OIC's demand for holding people like us responsible? They certainly pressure the media to 'shame' and 'abhor' what we do, to call it 'hate crime' and 'criminalize speech.' Are these the 'concrete steps' planned to bow to Islamic 'religious sensitivities.'
Istanbul Process Continues, 2012
The OIC is delighted with their puppets in Washington.
JEDDAH, 8 Safar/Jan 3 (IINA)- "Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said that the European Union offered to host the third meeting of the ‘Istanbul Process’, which deliberates, in a series of meetings, on developing mechanisms to implement UNHRC Resolution 16/18 on combating intolerance, discrimination and incitement to violence based on religion or belief.
"The Secretary General of Islamic Cooperation in his office in Jeddah on Tuesday 30 January 2012 pointed out that the EU’s offer to host the meeting represents a qualitative shift in action against the phenomenon of Islamophobia, which spread in many European countries, targeting the Muslim communities there.
"Ihsanoglu said that the growing role of the extreme right in politics in several European countries has become stronger than the capacity of the Organization, explaining that the extreme right, who hates Muslims, became leverage in the hands of politicians. He added that the rise of the extreme right through elections has become an issue that cannot be countered, considering the democratic way in which these extremist reach their positions. He pointed out to the referendum held in Switzerland, as an example, which resulted in suspending the construction of minarets there following a vote by the Swiss people." ~JEDDAH, 8 Safar/Jan 3 (IINA)
So according to Mr. Ihsanoglu, the Swiss 'hate Muslims' because they banned minarets, and all the 'extreme right' in Europe do too, it seems. We are considered by some to be on the right, but we and many others on the right do not speak from hate. They are not 'targeting Muslims.' They speak against the hate that exists in some Muslims because of the hate that is evident in Islamic teachings and is emphasized by some Imams and Mullahs justifying more hate, violence and oppression. This is NOT 'islamophobia,' a popular word invented recently by Islamic leaders to shame dismiss any opposition to Islam. It is truth. In the West we care about truth and justice.
So the heads of Europe will meet with the US and the OIC in July to continue this 'process.' Will any in the West have the guts to block their demands which many see as an explicit aim is to enshrine in international law a global ban on all critical scrutiny of Islam and/or Islamic Sharia law. The four dead women in Canada cannot speak now. The countless mutilated from suicide bombs which the media cannot hide cannot speak. We will.
"International Judge Muhammad Day will be a day that we put Muhammad on trial. We will examine his life. Was he a prophet of God as is claimed by the religion of Islam? Or was he a pedophile? Was he a deceiver? Was he a man of peace or was he a man of violence? Did he leave behind a world religion that betters mankind and promotes the equality of mankind? Or did he leave behind a religion of violence, a religion of racism and prejudice? Did he leave behind a religion that does not promote living together in peace and harmony and disrespects others opinions and religions? Or did he leave behind a religion that believes only Muslims, believers in Allah and the so-called prophet Muhammad deserve the right to live and pursue their goals in life?"
"For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." Luke 8:17 (NIV)
"Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets." Luke 6:22,23 (NIV)