Monday, June 06, 2005

Organization of the Islamic Conference
Demands That America Put Limits On Free Speech

From Little Green Footballs:


The Official Spokesman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ambassador Atta El-Manan Bakhit, has stated that the confession by the southern command of the United States army on the occurrence of cases of desecration of the Holy Qur’an in Guantanamo prison was a confirmation of the practices that had been reported in the papers and strongly condemned by the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

He said that this disgraceful conduct of those soldiers reveal their blatant hatred and disdain for the religion of millions of Muslims all over the world and throws into doubt the nature of the instructions given to the American soldiers on religious values and principles of tolerance. He added that these unequivocally rejected practices could only lead to an incitement of religious feelings and a deepening of the gulf of difference and intolerance between the Muslim world and the United States of America.

The OIC Spokesman urged the United States Government to live up to its responsibilities and not be lenient with the perpetrators of the desecration. He also demanded that those responsible for this despicable crime should be brought to justice immediately and that urgent measures should be taken to calm the tension in the Muslim world and ensure that such detestable acts are not repeated in the future.

Those responsible for what "despicable crime?" Accidentally stepping on a Koran? Accidentally getting urine on a Koran? Even if these things were done on purpose they are not a crime in our society. And any society in which such things are a "crime" is a Fascist society.

If we have the right to burn the American flag in our country (and we should, and we do) then we ought to be able to urinate on the Koran.

It's called free speech in our part of the world. This is how we work here. We may not agree with what you have to say, but we will fight to the death for your right to say it.

I can not repeat myself enough on this issue (apparently). Go ahead, (if you want to) go down and buy a Bible and take it home and urinate on it until you heart is content. I don't care. That's your right here in America.

I don't want a society like yours. In fact, a large part of the reason we are fighting this war is because of exactly this issue. Your society is Fascist, and we don't believe anyone should have to live like you are forcing your people to live.