Thursday, November 15, 2007

Panel: ‘Islamophobia’ charges are hijacking human rights

from Baptist Press (US: Tennessee)

The United Nations’ second World Conference on Racism will be focused on the fear of Islam. The panel convened in Washington to discuss the term or “Islamophobia” which is actively opposed by members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a group inside the U.N ... “As a Muslim, I can personally attest to the fact that ‘Islamophobia’ is not a myth,” said Fahad Nazer, a fellow at the Institute for Gulf Affairs. Nazer, however, also testified to the lack of public discourse in Saudi Arabia among those who are not of the dominant interpretation of Islam. “Islam is the prism through which everything is filtered in Saudi Arabia,” Nazer said. The mixture of religious doctrine with governmental establishments creates extreme limitations for religious minorities, which include non-Muslims, as well as Muslims who interpret the Koran differently than the Wahhabi sect. The panel’s concern was that laws against “Islamophobia” would be used to put up a “theological iron curtain,” preventing human rights organizations from advancing basic freedoms in Islamic states.

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