Who's On Board Then? Sign the Pledge! Most Potent Response to Christchurch Shooter!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2019-03-19 22:31

https://www.middleeastmonitor....

March 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called on non-Muslim countries to ban Islamophobia, following the killing of dozens of people on a deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

“IUMS calls on non-Muslim countries to ban the spread of hatred against Islam and Muslims,” IUMS President Ahmed al-Raisouni said in a statement at the conclusion of a 2-day session held in Istanbul on Friday.

I have a better idea. Why don't all countries require all people—citizens, non-citizen residents or visitors—within their jurisdiction, as a prerequisite for being within their jurisdiction, to sign the following pledge:

"Just as I reserve the right to hold and express my opinions on any matter whatsoever, I promise to respect the right of all others to do the same. I renounce unreservedly the use of coercion and violence in the promotion of my opinions."

Governments should simultaneously pledge to amend all relevant laws appropriately.

This latter shouldn't be difficult or controversial. After all, the UN Declaration of Human Rights says:

Article 18.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Perhaps a special day could be set aside for the pledge-signing so that the whole world could celebrate in unison. July 4, maybe, in honour of "the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

So, again:

"Just as I reserve the right to hold and express my opinions on any matter whatsoever, I promise to respect the right of all others to do the same. I renounce unreservedly the use of coercion and violence in the promotion of my opinions."

Who's on board?


Liberate

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Here's the obvious, but important, point about the slave state of Brunei: America, Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc. have the absolute right to invade, conquer, and liberate that land. Then the liberators have the full right to take all "their" oil revenue for many years for services rendered, i.e. for liberating the 425,000 Brunei people from slavery. In a free society they'll be far happier and their income will quickly sky-rocket.

More Muslims on Free Speech

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Brunei...

Olivia's picture

will be on the Human Rights Council next - what’s the bet?

Brunei

Lindsay Perigo's picture

I unreservedly add my name to the list of those who pledge to renounce the use of force in the promotion of opinions of any kind. In fact, it shocks me that we've reached the stage where such a pledge would even be deemed controversial.

Quite so, and thanks Derek!

The announcement just yesterday from the Islamic kingdom of Brunei that from next week onwards---in accordance with Sharia so-called law---the "crimes" of adultery and gay sex will be punishable by stoning, and the limbs of those convicted of theft (and that includes children) will be amputated, offers horrific proof of the very coercion that Linz is referring to here.

I was unaware of this, and so looked it up:

Words and Deeds

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

This pledge could be broadened:

"Just as I reserve the right to act in any way I choose whatsoever, so too I promise to respect the right of all others to do the same. I renounce unreservedly the use of coercion and violence in the actions of myself and others."

The announcement just

Derek McGovern's picture

The announcement just yesterday from the Islamic kingdom of Brunei that from next week onwards---in accordance with Sharia so-called law---the "crimes" of adultery and gay sex will be punishable by stoning, and the limbs of those convicted of theft (and that includes children) will be amputated, offers horrific proof of the very coercion that Linz is referring to here. 

I unreservedly add my name to the list of those who pledge to renounce the use of force in the promotion of opinions of any kind. In fact, it shocks me that we've reached the stage where such a pledge would even be deemed controversial.

Hatred of Beliefs

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

"IUMS calls on non-Muslim countries to ban the spread of hatred against Islam and Muslims," IUMS President Ahmed al-Raisouni said in a statement at the conclusion of a 2-day session held in Istanbul on Friday.

Will IUMS also call on Moslem countries to ban the spread of hatred against Western liberalism and Westerners? How about the hatred of reason and science? Individualism and capitalism? No-one should hate these!

But hating Islam and Moslems is very much like hating communism and communists. It's normal, healthy, moral, and (nowadays) heroic! Smiling

Eloquent

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

"Just as I reserve the right to hold and express my opinions on any matter whatsoever, I promise to respect the right of all others to do the same. I renounce unreservedly the use of coercion and violence in the promotion of my opinions."

That's really well-phrased, Lindsay! Smiling

It could be called the

Richard Wiig's picture

It could be called the banning of freedomofspeechophobia, which is a far danger to the world than Islamophobia ever could be.

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