Islamic group calls for ban on offending prophet
The head of a leading Islamic organization Saturday called for a global ban on offending the character of the Prophet Muhammad, saying that it should be equated with hate speech.
Such a ban would demonstrate how an interconnected world respected different cultural sensitivities, said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in an interview with The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.
| No. Would you like some tea?|
"If the Western world fails to understand the sensitivity of the Moslem world, then we are in trouble," Ihsanoglu said. Such provocations pose "a threat to international peace and security and the sanctity of life."
| I think this requires the statement of Sir Charles Napier in full, on the subject of an imminent suttee: "Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."|
Ihsanoglu's remarks follow protests that erupted in Moslem countries after a low-budget film, "Innocence of Moslems," produced by a U.S. citizen denigrated the Prophet Muhammad by portraying Islam's holiest figure as a fraud, womanizer and child molester.
| "Nice world ya got there. Be a shame if sumthin' happened to it," say you? We've been dealing with mob types for well more than a century, and we know well what to do. Granted, we will have to wait for the next president to execute fully on that knowledge, but our cultural imperative is to bring big guns to sword fights.|
| We have noticed that, except for the bump in the road in Libya, you have harmed yourselves and not us. Feel free to carry on as long as you need.|
Posted by: Fred