Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Islamic Leader: Free Speech OK If Respectful and Responsible

Post below borrowed from Interested Participant:

(Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) In an Arab Times report, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, weighed in on the "insulting caricatures of prophet Muhammad" printed recently in Danish newspapers.
"He said it was unacceptable that Islam and Muslims were represented as enemies of free speech. Ihsanoglu reiterated that Muslims have no problem with the freedom of speech as a fundamental human right but expect a minimal level of respect and responsibility in the exercise of this right.

Therefore, as long as you watch what you say, Muslims don't have any problem with you speaking freely. Presumably, this means that it's totally unacceptable to state that terrorists are largely fundamental followers of Islam. That would be disrespectful and irresponsible.

However, it would be perfectly acceptable to freely state that Jews are the spawn of pigs and dogs and they drink the blood of dead Palestinian babies. Hopefully, this clarification will dispel any confusion regarding freedom of speech.