The Muslim world is pressuring the United States to pass anti-blasphemy laws. What they really want is no critique of Islam. We’ve seen Islamists attack anyone who has anything negative to say about the so-called prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith. American Muslims are joining with international Muslims to test the limits of the First Amendment:
“Islamic leaders in Dearborn, Mich. are holding a rally this Friday night to build momentum for the passage of laws that prohibit speech or expression that hurts ‘the religious feelings of Muslims.’”
“[I]t appears one of the goals of the rally will be the eventual creation of blasphemy laws: laws that would reflect an international movement toward banning speech that is critical of Islam or Mohammed.”
Conversion from Islam to Christianity can be a death sentence. To leave Islam is to blaspheme Islam.
Prior to President Obama’s UN address upholding the principles set forth in the First Amendment, the Obama administration had “expressed support for anti-blasphemy measures that are completely incongruous with the freedom of speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
“This is not an entirely new development. The Heritage Foundation recalls that ‘As recently as December 19, 2011, the U.S. voted for and was instrumental in passing ‘U.N. Resolution 16/18’ against ‘religious intolerance,’ ‘condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion.’ While this may sound innocuous, it was the latest incarnation of a highly controversial ‘anti-blasphemy’ resolution that has been pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations since 1999.”
Islam is like the Communist nations after World War II. Fences and walls had to be built to keep people in. Defectors were often shot trying to escape the oppressive Communist regime of East Berlin.
The way “hate crime” legislation is moving, churches may find it difficult in the near future to say anything critical of homosexuality. In a 2002 decision, a judge in Saskatchewan, Canada, ruled that a man who placed Bible verses about homosexuality in a newspaper ad was guilty of inciting hatred. What will happen when a minister refuses to marry homosexuals who have joined the church in an attempt to test the limits of hate crime legislation? Could a church lose its tax-exempt status?
Could litigation costs bankrupt a small congregation and set a legal precedent for larger churches? If you want to know what the future will be like if homosexuals get their way, then read When the Wicked Seize a City by Chuck and Donna McIlhenny. The church’s baptism of fire began when their church was sued by their church organist who had been fired after it was discovered that he was a practicing homosexual. Like Islam, the homosexual movement is about intimidation.
American “hate-crime” legislation is setting the stage for legislation to protect Islam from all criticism.