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
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