I suppose everyone knows by now that last week the grotesquely misnamed Uniited Nations Human Rights Commission has voted through a declaration that "defaming religion" is a human rights violation. It received 23 votes in favor (including various Muslim states and Hugo Chavez' Venezuela), 11 against, and 13 abstentions. I would love to know who the thirteen quivering weasels are who abstained, but I can't seem to find that information. Last November, the General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the governments of the world to punish people who "defame" religion.
I have been slow to comment on these developments because everything I could think of saying was pretty obvious, even hackneyed, viz:
- The notion of "defaming" an idea is a sinister and illegitimate concept.
- Individuals have rights, religions do not.
- Defaming religion is a human rights violation is a human rights violation.
- What do you expect from a club (the UN) all of whose members are states?
- It is no surprise that the UN Human Rights Commission has fallen into the hands of people who abuse, trample, and urinate on human rights.
- When countries like Canada and Germany (both of which have national hate-speech laws) vote against an attack on free speech, you know it's got to be outrageous.
- First they came for Alec Rawls, but I didn't agree with Alec so I didn't speak up...