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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Islamic Declaration of Human Rights

Before I start, I want to say that I almost got Poe'd by Christwire. That "Amber" chick - if it is a chick - is a good enough satire writer that she pulled me in, until the vampire article. I suggest you read it for some hilarious Poeitude. Poe-itry? Poe-verty? I'll stop.
Main Entry:
blas·phe·my
Pronunciation: \ˈblas-fə-mē\

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural blas·phe·mies

Date: 13th century

1 a: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God b: the act of claiming the attributes of deity2: irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable. (from here)
Sadly, it's on to something not nearly as funny. The Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (IDHR). Now, technically, Canada still has an "anti blasphemy law" in its books. Check it out, from the Criminal Code of Canada:
Blasphemous Libel

Offence

296. (1) Every one who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

Question of fact
(2) It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published is a blasphemous libel.

Saving
(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under this section for expressing in good faith and in decent language, or attempting to establish by argument used in good faith and conveyed in decent language, an opinion on a religious subject.

R.S., c. C-34, s. 260.
So we're not one to really be throwing around the holier than thou talk. Of course though, this archaic "law" has been swallowed by article two of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (CCRF), which starts with the stomach-churning line, "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:". Um, how about no? Can we take out that "supremacy of God" bit, please? At least they separated the law and God. Small things. Ok, the CCRF says:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

a) freedom of conscience and religion;
b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
d) freedom of association.
So, there's that with my bolding. The thing that I find bothersome about the IDHR is article XII which states:
XII Right to Freedom of Belief, Thought and Speech

a) Every person has the right to express his thoughts and beliefs so long as he remains within the limits prescribed by the Law. No one, however, is entitled to disseminate falsehood or to circulate reports which may outrage public decency, or to indulge in slander, innuendo or to cast defamatory aspersions on other persons.

b) Pursuit of knowledge and search after truth is not only a right but a duty of every Muslim.

c) It is the right and duty of every Muslim to protest and strive (within the limits set out by the Law) against oppression even if it involves challenging the highest authority in the state.

d) There shall be no bar on the dissemination of information provided it does not endanger the security of the society or the state and is confined within the limits imposed by the Law.

e) No one shall hold in contempt or ridicule the religious beliefs of others or incite public hostility against them; respect for the religious feelings of others is obligatory on all Muslims.
All my bolding, obviously. The idea that this lame-duck document would even attempt to make people (me) stop poking fun at ludicrous and dangerous ideas like religions is laughable. You think a guy rode to Heaven on a winged horse, for fuck's sake. I don't even HAVE to make fun of that. It's like listening to a homeopath or young-Earth creationist try to sound scientific - it's hilarious enough to just sit back and hold my aching sides against the stitch that will eventually double me over in convulsions of mirth.

Islamic nations seem to be trying to use this anti-blasphemy declaration to, possibly, keep the death penalty for apostates around and have a legal leg to stand on when questioned by other member-states. I could be wrong, but weirder things have happened. Like not having the goddamn word blasphemy until the 13th century. I'm just sayin' that if he's the Master of the Universe, he should have gotten his shit together sooner.

This document would make the baby Jesus cry, if he was real. Mike out!

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