Skip to comments.Cairo Embassy Statement in Tune with Obama U.N. Resolution
Posted on 09/18/2012 10:38:59 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
The statement Tuesday from the U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizing to Muslims and condemning the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslimseven as an angry, threatening mob was gathering outside the embassy compoundwas no aberration.
Though subsequently denounced by both the White House and the State Department, it has to be seen as part and parcel of Obama Administration policy, and it is not surprising at all that it would be the first reaction of the embassys communication staff.
As recently as December 19, 2011, the U.S. voted for and was instrumental in passing U.N. Resolution 16/18 against religious intolerance, condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion. While this may sound innocuous, it was the latest incarnation of a highly controversial anti-blasphemy resolution that has been pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations since 1999.
The real aim of the anti- blasphemy resolution is not to protect religion but to clamp down on freedom of expression. Accordingly, defamation of religion, by the definition of the 56-member OIC, could include things such as satirizing Mohammed in a newspaper cartoon or a YouTube video, criticism of Sharia law, or security check profiling. A report by the New Yorkbased Human Rights First listed more than 50 cases in 15 countries where the enforcement of blasphemy laws have resulted in death sentences and long prison terms as well as arbitrary detentions, and have sparked assaults, murders, and mob attacks.
The U.N. anti-blasphemy resolution has been put to the vote by the OIC in the Human Rights Councils every year since 1999 and in the General Assembly every year since 2005. It has passed every year, but it receives a dwindling number of votes. Most Western democracies have voted against, seeing it correctly as a threat to free speech.
Last December, the Obama Administration, during three days of closed negotiations at Foggy Bottom, brokered a compromise for the implementation that allowed the controversial measure to pass the U.N. General Assembly unanimously. The only country to voice concern was Poland, whose representative wonderedrightlywhy the only example of interfaith dialogue mentioned in the resolution was located in Saudi Arabia.
The compromise negotiated by Hillary Clintons State Department included a nod to freedom of expression. Said U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom Suzan Johnson Cook, We must denounce offensive speech whenever we encounter itbut our commitment to universal principles makes clear that faith must never be a crime and religion must never be used as an excuse to stifle freedom of expression.
Cooks message doesnt seem to have reached the violent mobs attacking U.S. embassies in the Middle East under the pretext of hurt religious feelings.
anybody havae the text of the origional apology?
Which apology? He’s made so many!!!
the one on the 11th
“...2011, the U.S. voted for and was instrumental in passing U.N. Resolution 16/18 against religious intolerance,
...just earning his Nobel Peace Prize...
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy.
We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Embassy of the United States
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