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Malaysia: ‘Religious department to act against any blogger who insults Islam’

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PUTRAJAYA: The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will take stern action against bloggers who insult Islam, including non-Muslims.

Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the department could act against irresponsible bloggers, regardless of their religious background.

“Right now, the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission are still trying to trace the blogger said to have insulted Prophet Muhammad.

“We will come in once the culprit is found,” he said.

Wan Mohamad also said there were bound to be “extremists” among religious followers or leaders in view of the country’s multi-ethnicity.

How sweet!!

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December 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

UN, Saudis pushing for “Global Blasphemy Law”

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UN, Saudis Conspire to Stifle Free Speech – Islamist Watch Blog

United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann (former Sandinista foreign minister and recipient of the International Lenin Peace Prize) said on Tuesday [November 11] that the world body should ban defamation of all religions and disagreed that such a move would impinge upon freedom of speech.

“Yes, I believe that defamation of religion should be banned,” he said in response to a question at a press conference to highlight the interfaith conference at the UN headquarters. No one should try to defame Islam or any other religion, he said, adding: “We should respect all religions.”

The problem is that:

(…) there is a thinly veiled agenda at work here: “a global law to punish blasphemy — a campaign championed by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that puts the rights of religions ahead of individual liberties.”

(…) last week’s UN get-together’s document goes on to emphasize the “special duties and responsibilities necessary
for the respect of the rights or reputations of others, protection of
national security or of public order, or of public health and morals
.”

Again they are pushing for the global blasphemy law.

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French L’Express banned in Morocco and Moroccan Le Matin critisizes Bush

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The highly respected French weekly L’Express on Monday protested the Moroccan government’s ban of its latest issue on the grounds that it insulted the Islamic religion.

L’Express assistant editor-in-chief Christian Makarian said he “could not understand” last Friday’s decision by the Moroccan information minister to prohibit shipment of the magazine into the country.

via French weekly protests Moroccan ban of religious issue | EuropeNews

Also, the unofficial newspaper from Mohammed VIth, the Moroccan king, has written this about Bush:

This Thursday’s election means a rekection of this apocaliptical management from an administration who has preferred the evangelism as a basis to their decisions than reason.

But this election does not erase the nightmares nor restitutes their lives to the young American soldiers who were killed in the “antiterrorist” wars, in name of that sinister “The West and the rest” which Samuel Huntington’s book about the clash of civillizations has believes it was illustrating.

An inheritance like that means a lot for any people, for any country and for many people.

Magnificent for someone who was named as US preferred ally by Bush, isn’t it? And it’s also very significant this has been published today, election day in US…

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  4. A Moroccan theologian promotes young girls’ weddings.
  5. Erraji released.

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November 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

“LittleBigPlanet” Game Derailed by Quran References

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In a somewhat similar issue to that over Wikipedia and pictures of the prophet Muhammad, Sony has delayed the hotly-anticipated PS3 game LittleBigPlanet due to the discovery of background music tracks containing two expressions found in the Quran.

(…) British game developer Media Molecule made the following statement:

We learnt yesterday that there is a lyric in one of the licensed tracks which some people may find offensive, and which slipped through the usual screening processes. Obviously MM and Sony together took this very seriously. LBP should be enjoyable by all.

Sony said the following:

During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused.

via Tech-Ex: “LittleBigPlanet” Game Derailed by Quran References

Oh, Lord. We begin again… !!!

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October 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Mark Steyn and Maclean, acquitted

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You can read Deborah Gyapong, Pundita (who is linking to all Canadian bloggers writing about this) and Denise o’Leary:

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled today that a controversial article about Islam in Maclean’s magazine did not violate the province’s hate speech law.

In acquitting the magazine, the Tribunal ruled that the article, an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book America Alone in which he describes the demographic and ideological dangers posed by a growing Muslim population in the West, was not likely to expose Muslims to hatred or contempt.

Those are really good news. Now we need that no other journalist, blogger, etc is ever indicted NOWHERE for EXPRESSING opinions.

(+) The decision itself via Covenant Zone. BCF, Scaramouche and Michelle Malkin also have posted about it.

Report on Arrakis: Defamation of Religion Document Rejected by UN

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It’s a small victory for the defenders of free expression. The concept of defamation of religion promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and some African countries did not find favor in the Human Rights Council. It was this theme that concerned all member states this Spring and remains an issue that threatens the follow-up conference on racism (Durban II) which will be held in Geneva next April. If the Council cedes this point, warn certain Western nations ‘it is the end of the Council’s credibility’. On Thursday, Githu Muigai, the Special Rapporteur for contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, found it was not necessary to promote the sociological concept of defamation of religion but rather to adhere to juridical norms when it comes to inciting racial or religious hatred.

Report on Arrakis: Defemation of Religion Document Rejected by UN.

Well, this is something… let’s see how much time they can defend this against the Islamists…

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Canada: Islamists threatening censorship again

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Khaled Mouammar President of the Canadian Arab Federation has issued a call for the head of Corus Radio broadcaster Benoit Dutrizac for an interview that was conducted with Samira Laouni, the NDP/Islamist candidate for the riding of Montréal-Bourass.

Blazing Cat Fur: Islamists threatening censorship again….

Here we go again… The thing that mostly strike me EVER of these petitions, is that they ALWAYS accuse every critic of racism. Islamism is NOT a race, is an ideology.

On the other hand a rally has taken place, organized by Comics for Freedom. Tristan has written about it. Very refreshing…

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September 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Erdogan, Zapatero and the Alliance of Civilizations

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In a sign of his simmering anger about what he sees as baseless accusations against Islam in the West, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has called on the international community to declare the enmity against Islam a “crime against humanity”.

Addressing Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, his Spanish counterpart, and about 2,500 other guests in Istanbul at a celebratory iftar meal on Monday, Mr Erdogan said: “No culture, no civilisation should belittle the other, despise the other or see the other as an enemy.” [...]

In the Alliance of Civilisations, Mr Erdogan has emerged as a leading representative of the Islamic countries, said Semih Idiz, a foreign policy columnist with the daily Milliyet. As a politician with roots in political Islam and leader of a party that has many pious Muslims among its voters, Mr Erdogan is very sensitive to what he sees as western prejudices towards Muslims, Mr Idiz said.

Jihad Watch: Turkish Prime Minister: “Islamophobia” a “crime against humanity”.

Meanwhile Zapatero is leading the defense of Turkey before the European Union:

(Zapatero) used his trip to Istambul to defend that EU needs Turks to achieve the “projection and the strategic leadership that today, in some cases, it does not have”. A vision that is not supported neither by French President, Sarkozy, nor German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

His insistence in the suitability of Turkish entry in the EU is related to his defense of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative that is seen by Erdogan with the same enthusiam as Zapatero. And it explains fully why the Prime Minister and leader of moderate Islamist political party AKP (Development and Justice) has invited Zapatero to the banquet by which Muslims break Ramadam’s fast.

(…) Rodríguez Zapatero, a so committed laicist that he provoked uneasiness in the Vatican when he refused to attend the Pope’s Mass in Valencia in July 2007, thanked Erdogan because of his “hospitality” and stated before nearly 2.500 people attending the banquet his will to enjoy of the celebration not as a “foreigner, but with the attitude of someone who is President of Spain, a country which is proud of the influence of Islam in our history and of its rich legacy in our language and in our artistic heritage”.

The ceremony was very simple. A supper which began with a prayer and ended with two speeches. Zapatero was also given a rug, similar to the one which is used for praying.

What would happen if Don John of Austria and the rest of Spanish people who fought at Lepanto would rise from the dead? Perhaps they would die again out of emotion

By the way, anyone seeing any contradiction between being a “convinced laicist” and attending an Islamic prayer?

Related post: Erdogan in Germany: “Assimilation is a crime against humanity”.

No Comic Relief: Uproar as Yemeni Comedian Jailed for Presidential Imitation

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Fahd Al-Qarani faced the judge in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz. The nationally-beloved comedian-singer (dubbed by some the Adam Sandler of Yemen) was being charged by the government for “insulting Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.” To prove their case, prosecutors played a tape of one of his sketches. The entire courtroom burst out laughing – and prosecutors rushed to demand a recess as police intervened.

Clearly, Al-Qarani is a pretty funny guy. Because much of Yemen’s population is illiterate, his recordings reach a much wider audience than opposition newspapers, and his concerts draw thousands of spectators. One of Al-Qarani’s most popular sketches features a taxi driver who, though never named, speaks in a dead-on imitation of President Saleh. The skit is both hilarious and blunt: Yemen is being taken for a ride by a reckless driver.

While Yemeni crowds were laughing – inside and outside of courtrooms – President Saleh was not. After repeated attempts to silence Al-Qarani, the government won its case on July 9, as the comic was sentenced to 18 months in jail plus a $2,500 fine. But Al-Qarani seems to be relishing the notoriety of being sent to jail for being too funny. He called on his fans to come celebrate the verdict, and hundreds poured out into the streets demanding his release and a commitment by the government to protect freedom of expression.

C.R.I.M.E. Report – July 15, 2008. via Armies of Liberation.

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July 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Freedom of expression is recognised to annoy pilgrims at WYD

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The Times via Expat Yank:

Australian anti-pope activists have won the right to “annoy” Catholic pilgrims at the week-long World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney after a court struck down a new law and backed their right to hand out condoms and coat-hangers…

Hmm, what would happen if they would hand out condoms and Danish cartoons to “Muslim pilgrims” in Australia?

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July 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

Netherlands: Dutch cartoonist faces prison for drawing up Islamic cartoons

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ExtremeCentre.org » L’Islam: pas marrant pour un caricaturiste hollandais menacé de prison: Blog Politique Francophone pour les Libertés Fondamentales et Contre Tous les Totalitarismes, qu’ils soient de Droite ou de Gauche

“I never expected the Spanish Inquisition,” recalls the cartoonist, who goes by the nom de plume Gregorius Nekschot, quoting the British comedy team Monty Python. A fan of ribald gags, he’s a caustic foe of religion, particularly Islam. The Quran, crucifixion, sexual organs and goats are among his favorite motifs.

Mr. Nekschot, whose cartoons had appeared mainly on his own Web site, spent the night in a jail cell. Police grabbed his computer, a hard drive and sketch pads. He’s been summoned for further questioning later this month by prosecutors. He hasn’t been charged with a crime, but the prosecutor’s office says he’s been under investigation for three years on suspicion that he violated a Dutch law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation.

(…) “This is serious. It is about freedom of speech,” says Mark Rutte, the leader of a center-right opposition party. Some of Mr. Nekschot’s oeuvre is “really disgusting,” he says, “but that is free speech.”

(…) Mr. Nekschot, who calls the investigation “surreal,” says, “Not even Monty Python could have come up with this.” (His pen name, Gregorius Nekschot, is a mocking tribute to Gregory IX, a 13th-century pope who set up a Vatican department to hunt down and execute heretics. Nekschot means “shot in the neck” in Dutch.) Some Muslim groups have voiced dismay at his arrest as well. The head of an organization of Moroccan preachers in Holland said authorities seemed “more afraid” of offending Islam than Muslims.

Curiously, he never was menaced with legal punishment for drawing Crucifixes.

These extremists have always the same kind of effect: the cartoonist is known thanks to them. Who knew about Jyllands-Posten before the Danish cartoons?

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July 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

Bloggers against legal Jihad

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Cassandra at Politeia:

Geert Wilders, Dutch MP and producer of the short film “Fitna,” a video document which explains the perils of Sharia law for democratic values (can be seen here), has received a summons from a lawyer to pay radical imam Fawaz Jneid before next Sunday an advance payment of EUR 20,000 in compensation for damages the imam suffered through accusations Wilders made against him in “Fitna.” In total the damages claimed amount to EUR 55,000.

Prime Minister Balkenende, currently attending the Sarkozy ‘Club Med’ circus in Paris, will come to speak with Jordan’s PM about the Jordanian decision to seek Wilders’ prosecution through the kingdom’s Courts.

Read the rest in her blog.

If you haven’t added your blog to the Blogburst in support of Harry’s Place, do it as soon as possible: Harry must know there are people who support him. Thanks.

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July 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

English-Dutch Ian Buruma’s conference in Spain

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Anglo-Dutch writer Ian Buruman has stated that there is no risk that the Muslim impose their religion in Europe, once they have entered it. But he has cautioned about an “Islamic revolution” in the Western countries made by immigrants who feel alienated and who are much more extremists.

During the conference “Multiculturalism’s tiranny”, he has supported Western democracies to let Islamist ideas be expressed freely, as other ideologies are tolerated under the freedom of expression. To confront the perils derived from Islamism, he has maintained that the “language of culture confrontation should be abandoned” and that “Western democracies should seek the support of the more moderate Muslim, who can contribute to stop radicalization.

He also maintains that the “fundamentalism” is much more probable in the sons and grandsons of the immigrants who arrived in Europe. The latter are much more interested in politics and feel they are somewhat excluded from Western society, but, at the same time, are not able to continue the traditions of their ancestors.

So must we consider as right, lawful and acceptable, statements which can be considered as racist, homophobe, illegal, menacing, … or which are simply trying to subvert the Constitution and to impose Sharia Law, kill the unbelievers… just because what? They are Muslims? This is not saying “I don’t like your God”, it’s saying “I’m killing you because you don’t believe in my God”. This is not saying “I respect/tollerate -not the same- your beliefs”, it’s saying “non-believers are apes and pigs and so inferior”.

Can’t understand that logic. What would happen if a white Christian person would have said that? Will he consider that person an “alienated one” who should be helped?

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July 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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