Sunday, May 3, 2009

Islamic free speech

An international conference of Islamic legal experts has endorsed freedom of speech 'within certain legal restraints', as follows:

-- those views on personal or public matters are permitted which are beneficial to society and to the person communicating the views.

-- those views which do not abuse the dignity of others, which adhere to truth and objectivity, and which are not irresponsible.

-- the objective of those views should be the welfare of Muslims and the general public.

The conference aimed at non-Muslim as well as Muslim governments. The latter are called on to "persuade other countries to make laws to protect sacred religious symbols of Islam and stop distorting them in the name of freedom."

In other words, no freedom of expression if it involves anything that any Muslim can construe as critical, either of him or of his religion.

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