Via the excellent blog Religion Clause (which I found thanks to a shout-out at the Volokh Conspiracy), I see that the United Nations is about to echo Senator Obama — though instead of small-town people clinging to guns and God, it's about nations clinging stubbornly and unprogressively to notions of freedom of expression. The context is a draft report called the "Preliminary Document of the African Regional Conference Preparatory to the Durban Review Conference," issued in preparation for another anti-racism summit. (The particular racism that outrages the U.N. is racism against Palestinians. Darfur? Not so much.) Anyway, here's what the U.N. has to say:
The problematic clause is Paragraph 13, which “calls upon states to avoid inflexibly clinging to free speech in defiance of the sensitivities existing in a society and with absolute disregard for religious feelings.”
This, of course, is a reference to the burgeoning sentiment among certain U.N. members to create international anti-blasphemy laws and norms. To a substantial number of U.N. members, and to certain of their fawning European admirers, "sensitivities" and "religious feelings" outweigh freedom of expression.
Somebody remind me again why we coddle and house this verminous assembly of thugs and whores?
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