January 28, 2009

A Religion Must Earn Respect Like Anything Else

I can do little more than steer you towards this passionate expression of righteous outrage.

Until recently, I have not seen the UN actually be an instrument of morally condemnable conduct. But now, under the guise of "respecting religion," its officials will be required to whitewash morally objectionable practices, and seek to silence those who would speak out against them. The only beneficiaries of this highly questionable endorsement of blatant censorship will be those nations whose evil governments and cruel social customs, which rightly earn the criticism aimed at them, are propped up by claims of religious justification. In practice, the vast bulk of them are Muslim states.

Shame on the UN for betraying its own charter of universal human rights.


David Schraub said...

If you haven't seen the UN be an instrument of morally objectionable conduct, you haven't been paying enough attention to its Human Rights Council. Or its responses to mass atrocity -- Darfur (ignoring it), Rwanda (ordering UN troops in the country to ignore it), The Balkans (facilitating it and declaring it a violation of international law to stop it), and The Congo (participating in it).

Burt Likko said...

These are very good points. Thanks.