Clinton warns: The world is watching you

Times of Malta:

The US warned the world was sliding backwards on religious freedoms, criticising violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt and citing European laws banning Muslim veils.

As the State Department unveiled its first full report on religious freedoms since the start of the Arab Spring, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was a signal to the worst offenders that the world is watching.

“New technologies have given repressive governments additional tools for cracking down on religious expression,” she told a US think-tank, adding that pressure was rising on some faith groups around the globe.

“When it comes to this human right – this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies – the world is sliding backwards.”

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9 Replies to “Clinton warns: The world is watching you”

  1. As long as the powers that be consider islam a religion, it only makes sense to keep a lid on “religious” freedoms, since islam uses them to further its goal to install shariah law everywhere in the world.

  2. Utterly sickeningly hypocritical and shameless with it: it is the US under the Obama regime that has caused this genocide of the Copts and a return of mass-rabid anti-semitism!! How dare they sink a knife into people and then complain they are dying?? There are no words to adequately describe the heinousness of the Obama/Hitlery nazi regime

  3. The Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Nils Muiznieks has written an article in which he argues that European governments have allowed and in some cases worsened an environment which is increasingly hostile to Muslims and which hinders integration. He argues that the continent needs to have its own “European Spring” to overcome racism and intolerance.

    “Muslims in Europe want to interact with other Europeans and participate as full and equal members of society, but regularly face various forms of prejudice, discrimination and violence that reinforce their social exclusion. This is the conclusion of recent research by various international organisations and NGOs. Unfortunately, commentators on the Arab Spring missed the historic opportunity to deconstruct harmful stereotypes about the alleged incompatibility of Islam and democracy, instead exaggerating the risk of migration to Europe.”

    Muiznieks argues that “Muslims have become the primary “other” in right-wing populist discourse in Europe.” He notes the rise in anti-Muslim populist discourse, which has also been adopted by established mainstream parties who have suggested that multiculturalism has failed in their respective countries. He also noted how “Since the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and thereafter, Muslims have become inextricably linked in the public mind with terrorism.” This discourse has arguably become so naturalised that societies often fail to comprehend terrorism in other guises, jumping to the gun that any act of terrorism is carried out by a ‘jihadist’, as was the case at the time of Ander’s Breivik’s attack in Norway.

    Muiznieks also comments on the way in which Muslims have been targeted by restrictive legislation impinging on their freedom of religion; notably veil bans which have swept Europe, as well as a ban on minarets in Switzerland and calls for banning Muslims from praying on streets in France. On discrimination against Muslims, he notes that “A recent study by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) found that 1 in 3 Muslims in the EU had experienced discrimination in the past 12 months”, as well as citing a report by Amnesty International on Discrimination against Muslims in Europe, which found amongst other things that “many Muslim women feel discouraged from seeking employment because of policies restricting the wearing of religious and cultural symbols and dress.”

    One of the most significant points of contention, he argues is racial profiling by police and at border controls, “The aforementioned FRA study found that 1 in 4 Muslim respondents were stopped by the police in the previous year, while more than a third had been stopped by customs or border control. Ethnic or religious profiling is not only discriminatory, it is counterproductive, as it misdirects attention from suspicious behaviour to appearance and alienates the communities with whom law enforcement agencies need to cooperate.” The reviewer of terrorism legislation in the UK, David Anderson echoed these points in a recent report in which he decried the “excessive enthusiasm” with which terrorism legislation, including legislation on stop and search at borders, had been applied.

    Muiznieks concludes that “Governments should stop targetting Muslims through legislation or policy, and instead enshrine the ground of religion or belief as a prohibited ground of discrimination in all realms.” He concurs with the recommendations of a report by Amnesty International that “Monitoring discrimination against Muslims should involve collecting data disaggregated by ethnicity, religion and gender.”

    “It is time to accept Muslims as an integral part of European societies, entitled to equality and dignity. Prejudice, discrimination and violence only hinder integration. We need our own “European Spring” to overcome old and emerging forms of racism and intolerance.”

    The article serves as a welcome reminder that Islamophobia has been mainstreamed into European public discourse and policy. The increase in far-right populism and its exploitation of anti-Muslim discourse is also ever-evident, with the far-right attempting to ‘go global’ with their ‘anti-Islamisation’ message. All the while, politicians have stoked such aggressive anti-Muslim sentiment, exemplified in for example by Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on the ‘failure’ of multiculturalism, or in France by the way in which religious slaughter- and specifically halal slaughter in Muslim communities, was made an election issue.

    Moreover, Muizneks’ claims that since 9/11, European governments have had a blind-spot with regards to terrorism carried that is not carried out by those claiming to be Muslim, was iterated in a recent article by Robert Lambert on Open Democracy. Lambert argues that the threat of terrorism from the far-right and other forms of political violence must be taken as seriously as ‘radical Islamic’ terrorism. The extent to which this is an issue is clear when one learns that 50% of Europe’s counter-terrorism resources have been dedicated to the 0.5% of terrorism we call ‘Islamic’. In light of the many worrying developments which are noted here, Muizneks’ call for a “European Spring” is a welcome invitation to Europe and particularly to its political leaders, to rethink dominant attitudes which have had a negative effect on European Muslims, and demonstrate the solidarity against anti-Muslim bigotry that should have been shown long ago.
    IA
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  4. One of the reason why there are so many anti-islamic blogs is because more and more people are beginning to realise the true ugly nature of islam and islamic people.

  5. Hey! It would be a great idea if the West criminalize criticism of Islam in exchange for Muslim tolerance of non Muslim scum wouldn’t it?

    Iftikar,

    Quoting a leftist retard means nothing to folks clued into the truth of your perverted practices. Leave Islam and save your life in the little time left. You won’t get a government warning, it will be axes and torches at your door.

  6. Avian Porcine:

    I really feel this point needs to be stressed.

    Post modernists have destroyed the meaning of religious freedom. It was never meant to mean that you could do what you want no matter how antisocial or horrible it is to other people if you can claim it is a religious obligation.

    It originally meant that you could practice your religion free of state prosecution or persecution eve if it was an unpopular religion like Catholicism. It never meant that you could so much as break a city parking ordinance because your religion commanded it. There is no problem with freedom of religion even for Islam. The problem is with the new definition that makes it immune from laws such as face covering in public and constant hate speech violations etc. etc. ad nauseum.

  7. Eeyore don’t forget that the new definition makes other religions intolerant if they don’t go along with the Moslem persecution. If we could return to the classical meaning of words a lot of our current problems would be solved. I know we can’t, it took us over 100 years to reach this point and it will take us at least that long to reverse the damage.

  8. Someone should warn Clinton that the world is watching HER and most of the intelligent people don’t like what they see.

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