Saturday, November 15, 2008

UN is discussing a global ban on blasphemy?

Here is something Geoff of Stupid Git Says So brought to our attention This is appalling the way the Saudis are ever so sly in how they are wording their UN proposal to criminalize blasphemy against religion (making it sound as if they want respect for other religions they will not even allow to exist in their own nation), and I can see where this is going to go if they get their way.

(Geoff, I hope you won’t mind if I copy and paste parts of your blog post here?)

Is God a Pussy? By Stupid Git

[SG]Apparently the creator of all has a fragile ego and his followers are out to protect their delicate deity:

“Saudi King Abdullah is quietly enlisting the [UN] leaders’ support for 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. If the campaign succeeds, states that presume to speak in the name of religion will be able to crush religious freedom not only in their own country, but abroad.”

Discussions touched upon a number of hot issues including … Prophet Muhammad lampooning cartoons …


[SG]Lest we blame this all on the barbarian mindset of Theocratic Islam, we in the “enlightened” West should look in the mirror. A few highlights:

Offensive Jesus remark cut from Emmy show
Danish paper rejected Jesus cartoons
• Everyone’s favorite - the supposed War on Christmas! To that I say, “Merry Horusmas!”

I can see where this is all going, and the Christian fundies will all say it’s meant to be, (the coming of the End of Times). If global blasphemy laws are initiated at the UN, then what next? It won’t end there because Islam and Christianity each believe that the other is wrong, and must be defeated for the glory of their imaginary friends. How sad that the end of civilization may eventually be brought on my silly ancient superstition and ignorance and the desire to dominate.

There is no evidence for this "other world" people. There is no evidence of this glorious afterlife with golden mansions and riches and all bowing to the feet of their god 24/7 if you are a Christian, or making it with 72 virgins in some afterlife porno fantasy if you are fundie Muslim.

It's mind boggling with all the scientific discoveries and advances that have been made to make our lives easier that so many people still cling to superstitious fantasy, even it if involves blowing up the entire planet.

(Thanks Geoff!)


CyberKitten said...

What a strange species we are.... No wonder the advanced aliens are keeping away [lol]

Oz Atheist said...

eroding our freedoms bit by bit until we all live in a theocracy seated in the dark ages

Stardust said...

cyberkitten, yes, we are a strange species. A species in regression, it seems. (or on a path to self-destruction.)

Oz atheist, hello! Sad but sure, our freedoms are eroding bit by bit, ever so subtle and one day in the future everyone will find themselves living in a theocracy and ask themselves how it happened. We could tell them if we could live that long.

tina FCD said...

That is scary.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but be curious about how they will enforce something like this? And of course, how will they define "blasphemy"? What will be the "sentence" for committing such an "atrocity"?

A part of me thinks this is crazy and that the U.N. would laughingly throw this thing out. But another part of me sees how backwards this world can be, and wonders.

Stardust said...

Greg, I would think that it would be impossible to come to an international agreement as what is a crime and what punishment is fitting. We all know what Saudi Arabia's punishments are for even petty theft -- "Off with their hand!"
Stoning to death? Hanging like they do homosexuals in their countries?

The US way to deal with it would be to charge people with hate crimes and either jail sentences and/or large fines. And then the imprisoned will appeal, and appeal again clogging up the already overflowing justice system.

Tommy said...

I think the UN should instead be discussing a global ban on Islam!

Stardust said...

tommy, RAmen! How about a global ban on oppressing women? Or a global ban on neglecting children? Or a global ban on pollution? There are so many problems and they focus on blasphemy against an imaginary being.