USA står upp för yttrandefrihet

Den kristne aktivisten Tuve Skånberg vill göra det straffbart att kritisera religion i Sverige. En grupp muslimska stater försöker få FN att förespråka en sådan ordning i hela världen. Glädjande nog avvisar USA:s utrikesdepartement alla sådana förslag. Ambassadör John V. Hanford III skriver:

The United States advocates religious freedom for all faiths, which means we take a leading role in defending the religious freedom of Muslims around the world. However, it is because of this commitment that we take issue with efforts by the Organization of the Islamic Conference and its members like Pakistan and Egypt, in promoting the problematic concept of defamation of religions at the United Nations. As Secretary Rice mentioned a moment ago, this flawed concept seeks to weaken the freedoms of religion and expression by restricting the rights of individuals to share their views or criticize religions; in particular, Islam. The OIC’s approach to defamation of religions is inconsistent with international human rights law, and is an attempt to export the blasphemy laws found in several OIC countries to the international level.

Nu blir jag lite rörd. Tuve kanske fäller en tår han också, men av annan anledning.