A global blasphemy law?
Cranmer has previously observed that the UK now has a de facto blasphemy law which protects Allah, Mohammed and mosques more than it did in during the modern era the names of Jesus and YHWH or the Church of England. It is ironic that whilst Parliament was legislating to abolish the crimes of blasphemy and blasphemous libel as they related to Christianity, that the vacuum was being filled by politicians, police and the judiciary increasingly taking the view that Islam had to be treated with kid gloves, and blind eyes had to be turned to those professing Muslims who threatened murder and called for ‘Jihad’ against the apostate and the infidel.
But this UN resolution is now becoming a global blasphemy law by stealth. It is titled ‘Combating Defamation of Religion’, and is sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and has been approved by the world body annually since 2005. It comes up for renewal again later this year. Whilst it lacks the force of law, it has been used to provide diplomatic cover for Islamic regimes that wish to deny speech that is critical of them. Essentially, what they do in the political realm of man is sanctioned by the religious realm of God, and therefore any criticism of their policies amounts to criticism of their religion. Very convenient. One group has already discovered when they raised the issue of the inhumane treatment of those accused of apostasy in some Islamic countries, that this was construed by one delegation (Pakistan) as an attack on Islam.
Ekklesia notes that civil and religious rights organisations observe that ‘other United Nations measures, including statements by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, are increasingly replicating the language of the resolution and confusing the human rights agenda’. Felice Gaer, chairwoman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, said: "Before, it was one resolution with no impact and no implementation, but now we are seeing a clear attempt by OIC countries to mainstream the concept and insert it into just about every other topic they can. They are turning freedom of expression into restriction of expression."
‘The European Centre for Law and Justice filed a brief with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in June 2008 warning that such anti-defamation resolutions "are in direct violation of international law concerning the rights to freedom of religion and expression." There is widespread concern that the resolutions are being used to justify harsh blasphemy laws in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan and Afghanistan.’
This is no real surprise, for the Islamist dream of the Dar al-Islam continues apace, and the West is cowed and compliant. There is a pandemic of ‘Islamophobia’; indeed, it is a veritable global condition. But this term must rigorously and continuously be scrutinised, and those who so freely throw the accusation around must be unapologetically cross-examined in their definition of the word. For it is little more than a term designed to silence criticism, and to permit the most virulent manifestations of Islam to secure territory and propagate their messages of hate.
His Grace is not a Muslim, and neither is he a Jew. In case there be any doubt, he is not Roman Catholic, Sikh or Hindu. And neither is he a Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, a Mormon or a Jedi (though the latter has many attractions).
Through critical analysis and by exercising overt discrimination, he has decided that he is a Christian and in communion with the Church of England. This does not make him ‘phobic’ about all the other options; it is simply that he has discerned the way of salvation and it sits well with him. It is truth; an ontological reality with which others are welcome to disagree or criticise, but such an onslaught will not shake his faith in his Lord.
But equally does Cranmer reserve the right to disagree with other religious ideologies, and assert the right to freely criticise their theology, ecclesiology and soteriology. And to those who call him puerile names for doing so, he says ‘grow up’. To those in Westminster who attempt to legislate away his freedom to do so through any so-called ‘hate’ legislation, he says he shall not heed such laws. To those in Brussels who assert their secular notions of ‘equality’ or ‘social justice’, he declares that Scripture has better informed the world on such concepts, and the liberty he asserts is that bequeathed to him through centuries of Christian insight. And to those in the World Government of the amoral United Nations who are intent on forming a One World Religion of generalised, syncretised mushed-up spirituality for the post-democratic New World Order of global governance, he says he shall not heed your notion of God, your concept of religion, or your definition of defamation. Your era has passed. Now is the time for the League of Democracies.
And Cranmer prophesies that President McCain and Vice President Palin shall deliver on this.