The International Blasphemy Law: UN General Assembly President and Nicaraguan Priest D’Escoto Calls for World Ban on “Defaming Religion”

157034Recently, there has been a steady and worrisome trend of stories in Western countries restricting free speech in the name of tolerance of religion, sexual orientation and other values. Now, United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann has called for a world ban on anyone defaming any religion. A suspended Nicaraguan priest, D’Escoto is little concerned about the devastating blow to free speech and free press in such a rule — dangers already realized in various countries where speaking against a religion has resulted in criminal penalties and even death. In making this outrageous call, D’Escoto has given critics of international legal systems a great boost — showing the dangers of such rules in restricting cherished constitutional rights.

D’Escoto once worked for those freedom loving folks The Sandinistas and was suspended by the Catholic Church. He caused a ruckus in literally embracing that voice of tolerance: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Perfect guy to forge a new world order with less disturbing speech and more state-enforced consensus.

In his frightening remarks, D’Escoto sought what would be an international blasphemy law. He told the members, “Yes, I believe that defamation of religion should be banned.” Showing little concern or knowledge of free speech principles, D’Escoto simply reached for soundbites that likely pleased representatives from Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other blasphemy-punishing nations, click here and here and here and here.

He noted: “People talk about bailing out the Wall Street when, in fact, humanity needs to be bailed out.” When reporters points out that he would gut free speech principles, D’Escoto responded “What we are only trying to do is to forge a front against ignorance, hunger and disease.”

This was a response to a Saudi Arabian proposal, which D’Escoto endorsed in principle. For the press conference record, click here.
I get it now. Iran and Sudan is a bastion against ignorance, hunger and disease by imprisoning or executing blasphemers.

The problem with this trend is the complete silence of Western powers and the United States. Indeed, the West has begun to punish those who speak on taboo subjects or in a way that is offensive to the majority. Click here.

31 thoughts on “The International Blasphemy Law: UN General Assembly President and Nicaraguan Priest D’Escoto Calls for World Ban on “Defaming Religion””

  1. Hi Jonathon
    try as I might I cant find another source for this UN activity.
    could you provide me with a source please.

  2. Well I’d go one step further than Jill
    Yes the religionists as Jill calls them are a serious issues, however more worrying is the number of “moderate” believers who fail to condemn the extremists within their midst.
    The reasons for this are many, but one for sure is the infallibility of dogma. If this bit is wrong what else can you trust?
    Another is that all the dogmatic texts claim to be right and declares all other beliefs wrong.
    If this is so then conflict is not only inevitable but built in.
    So combine this unavoidable conflict with a belief in the inerrancy of dogma and there really is only one way for an adherent to go, crusade, jihad etc.

    If you don’t see this you are an apostate therefore an enemy. The “moderates don’t want to leave, but don’t want to be excommunicated so they allow their armed wing to do the killing for them.

  3. Wow!
    Jill, you opened up Pandora’s box here. I, for one, agree with your comments. You don’t have to be an atheist to believe that many religions, including the one I was brought up in, Catholicism, do not allow women any major role in the Church and certaintly not equality. How many people throughout history have been killed in the name of someone else’s God? I think the answer could be millions. I am not anti-religion as I still consider myself a Catholic, but I do not accept tenets that insult my intelligence or that do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Maybe I am a hybrid or a mutt when it comes to religion, but if everyone isn’t allowed at the table, it can’t be what Jesus wanted.

  4. (pardon me for another interlude…)

    Give me that old time religion
    Give me that old time religion
    Give me that old time religion
    And that’s good enough for me

    It was good for the Hebrew children
    It was good for the Hebrew children
    It was good for the Hebrew children
    And that’s good enough for me

    It was good for Paul and Silas
    It was good for Paul and Silas
    It was good for Paul and Silas
    And that’s good enough for me

    We will pray to Aphrodite
    Even though she’s rather flighty
    And they say she wears no nightie
    And that’s good enough for me

    We will pray with those Egyptians
    Build pyramids to put our crypts in
    Cover subways with inscriptions
    And that’s good enough for me

    O-old Odin we will follow
    And in fighting we will wallow
    ‘Til we wind up in Valhalla
    And that’s good enough for me

    Let me follow dear old Buddha
    For there is nobody cuter
    He comes in plaster, wood, or pewter
    And that’s good enough for me

    We will pray with Zarathustra
    Pray just like we use ta
    I’m a Zarathustra booster
    And that’s good enough for me

    We will pray with those old Druids
    They drink fermented fluids
    Waltzing naked thru the woo-ids
    And that’s good enough for me

    Hare Krishna gets a laugh on
    When he sees me dressed in saffron
    With my hair that’s only half on
    And that’s good enough for me

    I’ll arise at early morning
    When the sun gives me the warning
    That the solar age is dawning
    And that’s good enough for me
    ——————-C.Tillman

  5. “Much further out than inevitable,
    Halloween is thy game.
    Sky king is come and Wilma’s done,
    Uncertain as it is uneven.
    Give us today hors’douvres in bed,
    As we forgive those who have dressed up against us.
    And need us not enter inflation.
    Butter liver, onions and potatoes.
    For wine is a shingle, and a mower,
    And a story for your father.
    Allright.”
    ———–John Hartford

  6. seamus,

    What about the nihilists? You left them out, so I’ll take care of it by making this comment. By doing something, anything, for a nihilist you insult them. And for your information, the sound of one hand clapping is indeed much as you describe. Now quit making me dragon’s breath Coke on my monitor.

  7. Ugly,

    There’s a wide variety within the Atheist community. The problem is that Atheist is a term used by Theists to describe everyone who disagrees with them, regardless of how much their viewpoints have in common with each other.

    What you are saying is similar to someone saying, “There’s a wide variety of people who are born in France; All non-french people aren’t born in France so they are all the same.”

  8. All atheists can come to the exact same conclusion about gods regardless of race, country, economic status, gender or period in history.

    Religious people on the other hand can be raised in the same house still disagree.

    One conclusion is objective and repeatable, the other is not.

    How many people have met (a) God and how many are just playing along with the crazies and con-men?

  9. I’m going home and wiping my ass with my Bible. Then I’m going to make fun of that elephant-headed god. What’s his name, Ganesh? Then I’m going to eat lots of pork while I fart towards Mecca. Then I’ll contemplate the sound of one hand clapping while I slap my wife’s ass. I’ve always defended the U.N. fro m wing-nut criticism, today I say fuck the U.N. and the horse baby Jebus road in on.

  10. One interpretation given the context would be:
    People seem to think there is some kind of difference between atrocities committed in the name of religion and atrocities committed in the name of politics/war/justice/ect. They are all the same, the difference is merely one of perspective, as with most issues.

  11. Maskeptic,
    If you have a minute could you please explain that snake,dragon,monk statement I don’t get it. Thank-you.

  12. Jill,

    I’m glad you included the New-Agers. My wife and I have heard many times that she doesn’t NEED her anti-depressants, but that she can choose to feel better, never-mind that whole “chemical imbalance” thing.

    Aidan,

    I like that you assume that because Jill is a part of a particular group people that Jill missed the point about not assuming things about other groups of people.

  13. Hi Aidan,

    I didn’t miss the point. I know there are many kind people in many faiths and you’ll neve hear me dispute this. I will dispute the texts and tennants of most faiths from a ethical basis.

  14. Jill – like most atheists, you seem to have missed the point. In my experience, atheists don’t have problems with religion (mine is never criticized, for example), but with STUPID people who are religious. Atheism is not the only answer – imagine Lenin and Stalin, for example, and their strict anti-religion atrocities. Stupid people are stupid, whether they’re religious or not.

    As for the actual post – wow. Talk about blind. Criticism is necessary to any healthy religion. It’s sad that the UN gave this man time to speak about removing yet more rights.

  15. MASkeptic,

    I use the term “religionists” to refere to people who desire the domination of their religion over any others or non-believers– people who would like to see a theocracy if they could. That is a term I use to distiquish the desire for power under the guise of a religion. That being said, I believe it is incumbent upon those people who do practice a religion to take a look at what it is actually teaching. Are we being unjust to others as the result of our belief system? Many religions do teach the inferiority of women. In the new age movement, there is the practice of despising the poor and sick. Just becuase something is taught as a religious practice does not mean it should not be questioned. Ethical questions pertain to atheists as well. An atheist who believes in the inferiority of women or the poor and sick should not be left unchallenged either.

  16. The UN is incompatible with free speech.
    UNICEF and UNESCO have both degenerated in racist phenomena

    I wonder what can possible be accomplished there which furthers the cause of the Founding Brothers, and all men’s (yes I mean women as well) individual freedoms?

    Acheson was right.

    Really sad, actually.

  17. Jill said,
    “Religionists don’t allow women to have rights.”
    “Relgionists don’t like science because it contradicts their text of choice.”
    “If you want to see a nexus of ideology that promotes ignorance, hunger and disease, check out religionists from every faith.”

    Wow. I never knew that I did any of those things.

    From the context by ‘religionists’ you are refering to anyone who’s not an athiest? I would just want a clarification on the finer nuances of your point.

  18. “What we are only trying to do is to forge a front against ignorance, hunger and disease.” DUDE–you’re going to have to criticize religion if that’s your cause! Religionists don’t allow women to have rights. They cannot use condoms to prevent pregnancy or AIDS, resulting in more death and hunger. Relgionists don’t like science because it contradicts their text of choice. If you want to see a nexus of ideology that promotes ignorance, hunger and disease, check out religionists from every faith. Is telling the truth the same thing as defamation anyway?

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