"Defamation of religion" will not become a crime - A victory for reason in the UN

A proposal driven through by the Arabic block in the UN to make ”defamation of religion” forbidden by the United Nations has been quietly dropped from the menu of the forthcoming anti-racism conference. This is a clear-cut victory for all humanist, secularist and rationalist forces in the world. Accepting the original proposal would have made life more difficult for all non-religious people in the future, as any critique of the religions could have been interpreted as ”defamation of religion”.
The threat was made even worse as the power to define defamation would have been left the followers of religions themselves.
This clause would have been also a open invitation for the repressive Muslim governments to persecute freely those of their own citizens that ”defame” religion by even harbouring any kind of secularist, humanist or god-forbid even atheist thougts.

The good news is brought about by the National Secular Society at their website with the headline:

UN drops “defamation of religion” proposals – but offers no protection to non-believers or apostates

The whole story is here: Linkylink

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Comment by AtypicalAtheist on March 20, 2009 at 9:18pm
But not a big win for free speech if anti-racist laws that destroy free speech are passed.
Comment by Sophie on March 20, 2009 at 10:28pm
yeah haha
Comment by MightyMateo on March 21, 2009 at 1:31am
I never thought this would actually pass but it was worrying to see this proposed in the first place. Strange.
Comment by AtypicalAtheist on March 21, 2009 at 10:01am
Just as bad as "holocaust denial" laws in Germany and elsewhere. Or "hate speech" laws in a lot of places.
Comment by Andrew the Fluffer on March 21, 2009 at 10:43am
but offers no protection to non-believers or apostates."

Of course not. We're demonic non-humans.

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