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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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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