For years the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) – comprising 57 Islamic nations – had campaigned for a ‘Defemation of Religion” UN resolution.
In other words a global blasphemy law.
Many observers noted how ‘blasphemy’ laws were used in Islamic nations to terrify, subjugate, and in some cases, murder religious minority groups and non-believers, and so they fought tooth and nail against this UN resolution for many years.
On the 25th March 2011, after 12-long years, the Islamic countries admitted defeat and set aside their campaign.
However, diplomats from Islamic countries warned at the time that the council could well return to campaigning for an international law against religious defamation in the future.
Hezbollah and the Arab League are demanding the same, and we will no doubt witness other Islamic groups use this momentum to make the same call.
And why are these calls being made now?
Because of the reaction to the Innocence of Muslims film.
It’s the height of foolishness to support this call for a global blasphemy law, which will only strengthen the arm of Islam against our cherished freedoms.
Make no mistake, this is a dangerous and perilous moment for Christians and all minority groups within predominately Islamic nations.
Anyone should be free to defame a religion if they so choose, and religious sensibilities should be mature and secure enough in their identity and beliefs to rise above it.
If some religious extremists are not mature enough, then condemn their reactions and behaviour to perceived offense.
But for goodness sake don’t usher in a law to legitimise them.