Well, I just read that there’s a push to make blasphemy an international crime in the United Nations this week, following the violent fallout from the 14-minute trailer that has ignited some in the Muslim world. You’ve heard all about this, I am certain, but the crudely done video produced somewhere in this country claims among other things that Islam is a lie and Mohammed was a pedophile. In addition to the riots and deaths, it’s now resulting in possible legal ramifications.
Turkey as head of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Co-operation plans to bring up a resolution criminalizing defamation of religion this week.
It’s not that this is a new resolution at the UN. Free speech activists have been fighting this for a long time. But recent comments by Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, last week suggesting limitations to freedom of speech when it was ”used to provoke or humiliate” have them worried.
The video was also the source of a court case, when a California judge ruled against an actress who filed suit to have it taken down from YouTube. The judge ruled several days ago to allow it to remain on YouTube.