According to the AP:
Muslim Leaders Urge Western Governments To Condemn Acts That Insult Islam
KUALA LUMPUR: A Muslim political leader urged Western governments Monday (9 June) to hit out more strongly against acts that are offensive to Islam.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, warned there seemed to be a growing “campaign of hate and discrimination” against Muslims by a small number of individuals and organizations.
In a speech to a conference in Kuala Lumpur on improving ties between Muslims and the West, Ihsanoglu praised Western nations for criticizing acts such as the recent release of an anti-Quran film by a Dutch lawmaker, but said more should have been done.
“Mere condemnation or distancing from the acts of the perpetrators of Islamophobia will not resolve the issue, as long as they remain free to carry on with their campaign of incitement and provocation on the plea of freedom of expression,” Ihsanoglu said.
So the gloves are off at last. There’ll be no more pussyfooting around about “free speech” and similar nonsense; it’s time to crack down on the defamers of the Prophet.
Mr. Ihsanoglu is a Turk, and the Turks want to join the EU. Presumably he’s checked out some of the recent legislative initiatives to emerge from Strasbourg, and has concluded that his ideas and the EU’s are perfectly in synch. No conflict there!
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Earlier this year, the release of the film “Fitna” by Dutch politician Geert Wilders sparked protests by Muslims for showing images of terror attacks interspersed with text from the Quran.
Ihsanoglu also urged the media to reject “proponents of hatred and intolerance totally,” citing other incidents such as the republishing in Denmark of cartoons considered an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.
“It requires a strong and determined collective political will to address the challenge,” Ihsanoglu said. “It is now high time for concrete actions to stem the rot before it aggravates (the situation) any further.”
Ihsanoglu did not suggest what action should be taken.
At the conference, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appealed to world leaders to work together to nurture “common grounds in the interest of our common agenda of peace.”
“This biased view (of Islam) in the West persists, and, I must admit, it is not helped by the misguided actions of a discredited few from the Muslim side,” Abdullah said. [emphasis added]
The “misguided actions of a discredited few”?
Look on our sidebar and check out the counter for The Religion of Peace. The last time I looked at it, there had been 11,237 terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam since 9/11. That’s an average of 32 per week, 4 or 5 per day, day after day, for seven years.
Those “discredited few” may be misguided, but they sure do keep busy.
Hat tip: Paul Green.