As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomes Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to Washington this week, it is critical that Americans pay attention to what these two leaders intend to do. From 12 to 14 December 2011, working teams from the Department of State (DoS) and the OIC are going to discuss implementation mechanisms that could impose limits on freedom of speech and expression.
The OIC's purpose, as stated explicitly in its April 2011 4th Annual Report on Islamophobia, is to criminalize "incitement to hatred and violence on religious grounds." Incitement is to be defined by applying the "test of consequences" to speech. Under this twisted perversion of falsely "yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater," it doesn't matter what someone actually says -- or even whether it is true or not; if someone else commits violence and says it's because of something that person said, the speaker will be held criminally liable.A person is responsible for his acts irregardless of the provocation or inspiration. Unless he is insane, he can critically appraise the ideas presented and freely decide to commit or omit certain actions. Rabid wanton acts of violence cannot be justified by rage - not in a civilized and rational society.
Nonetheless, truth is being replaced by falsehood to support a cause. Rational thought is subverted by the end as justifying the means.
In fact, the "test of consequences" is already being applied rigorously in European media and courts, where any act or threat of violence -- whether by a jihadist, insane person, or counter-jihadist -- is defined as a "consequence" of statements that are critical of some aspect of Islam and, therefore, to be criminalized. Recent trials of Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, Austrian free speech champion Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and Danish Islamic expert Lars Hedegaard (as well as the witch hunt for "instigators" that followed the murderous attacks by Norwegian blogger Anders Behring Brevik) all attest to the extent of these "hate speech" laws' oppressive pall over what is left of the European Enlightenment.Bottom line, if the US government will decide to go along with this travesty of justice and eclipse of reason and sensibility, then the people who are all endowed with reason and freedom will see through this treason and take to the streets in defense of truth, justice and freedom much like the English are doing now.
In war, truth is the first casualty. So regardless of what the government does, the truth about islam and muslims will not be silenced.