Nations belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other governments adhering to Shariah law across the world are ramping up their new campaign with the United Nations to prohibit all speech that Muslims consider offensive.
“Islamist nations … long have sought a determination from the United Nations that any criticism of Islam or Muslims is ‘Islamophobia’ and banned globally,’” WND reported, noting that with 57 members, the OIC represents the largest voting bloc in the U.N. “But each time it has come up for a vote, more realistic arguments prevailed and the campaign never was legitimized.”
Pakistan putting on the pressure
After U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled the new “U.N. Strategy and Plan of Action” to fight so-called “hate speech” at a special meeting in the packed Economic and Social (ECOSOC) chamber, Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi incited more support to silence any opposition to Islam and its adherents – including speech condemning Islam for its scriptural inciting of terrorists to conduct jihad (holy war) on “infidels.”
"An inevitable consequence is to fan the flames of bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia," Lodhi proclaimed before ambassadors, senior diplomats and high-ranking U.N. officials, as quoted in a press release, according to MSN. "My Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently again called for urgent action to counter Islamophobia, which is today the most prevalent expression of racism and hatred against 'the other.'"
Guterres said the overarching goal of the U.N. plan is to identify, prevent and confront what the U.N. and Islamic nations consider “hate speech.”
“It targets the root causes of hate speech, pointing out that these include tackling violence, marginalization, discrimination, and poverty, as well as bolstering weak state institutions,” the top U.N. official said, according to MSN.
The secretary-general stressed that in addition, the new strategy will push for a coordinated response that targets and identifies users of “hate speech.” Guterres said a second objective of the plan is to react to “the impact of hate speech on societies,” so that individuals and groups with opposing views come together – utilizing traditional and social media platforms – to develop communications guidance.
Lodhi ramped up her rhetoric to eradicate all opposition to Islam – not to mention criticism it incurs for the violence and carnage resulting from its call for jihad on “infidels” not submitting to the god of Islam, Allah.
"We are fully committed to support the U.N.'s strategy on hate speech,” the Pakistani ambassador added. “This is a moment for all of us to come together to reverse the tide of hate and bigotry that threatens to undermine social solidarity and peaceful co-existence."
The vocal Muslim official wanted to make it clear that absolutely no negative opinions of Islam are to be tolerated.
“The Pakistani envoy expressed the hope that the strategy and action plan would address the complex question of how to respond to intolerant, inflammatory and prejudiced narratives that were stoking racial and religious fears, and consequent hostility, saying that follow up will be critical,” MSN noted in its report. “In this regard, Ambassador Lodhi called for government interventions to fight hate speech, including national legislation, emphasized that social media platforms should not become conduits for incitement to violence and evolving ways to ensure that information technology companies were held accountable for the content that incited violence and weaponized individuals.”
She demanded framing consisting of a more aggressive strategy geared to extinguish multiple expressions of “Islamophobia.”
“[Lodhi impressed that] a 'whole of government' and a 'whole of society' approach was needed,” MSN recounted. “In this regard, the Pakistani envoy urged the secretary-general to engage with a wide range of actors – including governments, civil society and social media companies to take action and stop social media users being funneled into online sources of radicalization.”
Death to the infidel …
The mere fact that Lodhi is ambassador for a country whose leader wants to kill anyone suspected of even hinting any disrespect toward the founder of Islam is cause for concern to most around the globe.
“Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been a staunch defender of his country's blasphemy laws,” the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) reported. “Last year, he defended laws mandating death for those who offend the Prophet Muhammad by ‘imputation, insinuation or innuendo.’"
Earlier this month, Khan implored OIC nations to play active roles in safeguarding Muslims’ religious sentiments worldwide.
"It was up to us to explain to the western people the amount of pain they cause us when they ridicule or mock our Holy Prophet," Khan declared at OIC’s 14th Islamic Summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Islam’s holy city – according to Gulf News Asia. "I would like to say from this platform that in the forums like the United Nations and the forums like the European Union, we must explain to them that they cannot hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion people under the garb of freedom of expression."
With President Donald Trump severing many ties with the U.N. due to its anti-Semitic policies, America has taken the position that it is not game for the so-called “global peacekeeper’s” call to action to smother all opposition to a religion that has spread terrorism and oppression around the globe.
“The U.S. has rejected speech censorship plans as a resolution to worries about ‘hate speech,’ citing the U.S. Constitution’s protections for free speech,” WND informed. “The U.N., however, has in its plan the idea of engaging ‘private sector actors, including social media companies,’ to do its bidding on censorship.”
One of America’s – and the world’s – largest social media platforms is determined to let Islam have its way in the world via its popular mobile form of communication.
“Thus far, Twitter has shown a willingness to voluntarily enforce Pakistan’s Islamic blasphemy rules – even if the U.S. government doesn’t abide by any potential hate speech treaty that could stem from the planned conference,” IPT’s John Rossomando reported. “This raises the possibility that it and other social media companies might voluntarily follow suggestions from U.N. bureaucrats to the detriment of free speech.”