Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Islamic Censorship and the Declaration of Human Rights

Dhimmi Tube (second class status for opponents of Muslim domination).

Late last year a prominent Saudi cleric, renowned for endorsing the killing of satellite channel managers and cursing the Beijing olympics as obscene, called for women to have to cover one eye because two eyes, even veiled by a Niqab were too 'seductive'.

In response I made a full investigation of the Hadith, Sharia and Qur'an and posted this as a reverse 50-page fatwa or valid religious opinion: A Fatwa on Purdah.

Because this is long and responding to tedious litigious passages, I also made a short, cutting MTV video with an original musical score which you can watch here: Niqab Movie

Last week, this video was censored by YouTube after 2200 views, as violating their community guidelines - that is - validly criticizing the oppression of women in Muslim societies, despite this not being specified in the Qur'an.

This censorship of criticism of Islamo-chauvinism turns out to be a well-known position of YouTube, which has variously been called Dhimmi Tube and other derogatory titles for caving in freedom of expression to prominent Muslim pressure groups.

This was first drawn attention to by Michelle Malkin when one of her videos was banned. The New York times then did an article "A Slippery Slope of Censorship at YouTube " drawing attention to this 'phenomenon' of YouTube censorship of free speech. Riehl World View [1, 2, 3] has noted further instances of the active involvement of Islamic organizations both in promoting pro-Islam positions on YouTube and attempting to have opposing views censored.

Several other writers have complained about this situation, including Lee Philips responding to the banning of a video on Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-born psychiatrist who now lives in the U.S. She has spoken out against Islam, warning that "The clash we are witnessing around the world is [...] a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another that belongs to the 21st century [...] It is a clash between freedom and oppression."; words that sound remarkably like the warnings one can find in the writings of another fugitive from Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Today the editor and publisher of a top English-language Indian daily, the Statesman, have been arrested on charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims.

They merely reprinted the Independent article: Johann Hari: Why should I respect these oppressive religions?
This article points out that this process is undermining The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the UN, where representatives from Muslim countries, such as Pakistan and Egypt, have repositioned the fundamental nature of the declaration, so that religions and prophets cannot be criticized because of religious sensitivities, resulting in a situation where issues, such as stoning women for adultery, cannot be addressed at the UN.

This constitutes a fundamental undermining of the principles of peaceful coexistence and freedom and democracy. It requires active protest and cognizance to defend secular society from being shafted by moral hubris and hard-nosed political manipulation by proponents of Islamic world supremacy.

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