Intolerance for me, but not for thee. So say representatives from the Islamic world.
From Weasel Zippers:
OIC Breaks Out The Big Guns: Leaders of Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives All Appear Before U.N. Urging Crackdown on “Islamophobia”…
"And yet every one of these countries mercilessly persecutes their Christian citizens (it’s even illegal in the Maldives to simply practice Christianity while churches are forbidden in Qatar), but we’re supposed to flush out cherished freedom of speech down the toilet so their feelings aren’t hurt?
(AFP)- 'KINGS, emirs and presidents from Muslim nations have appealed at the UN for the West to clamp down on attacks on Islam, which they warned were a growing threat to international security.
In speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, leaders said “Islamophobia” was causing a growing Muslim-West divide and one top Arab minister put the international community on guard against a “civilisation clash”.
…Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, who has launched western-backed diplomatic initiatives to settle wars ranging from Sudan to the Israel-Palestian conflict, condemned attempts to link Islam with terrorism. He partly blamed the US “war on terror” declared after September 11.
“We disagree with the attribution of this so-called terrorism to the Islamic religion because this — in addition to being incorrect — is a historical injustice that is refuted by evidence from recent history.”
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit condemned “regrettable and appalling incidents that have increasingly touched Muslims and Islam, repeatedly and sometimes systematically in certain cases.”
He added: “We find the West, in general, being drawn into a clash with the Muslim world. This clash will serve no one except extremists and those who hold perverted ideas on both sides. It will not be in the interest of security and stability in the world.”
Gheit called for western governments to take action, including passing laws.
“We call upon all countries and especially governments, to assume their responsibility to confront the specter of a dreadful religious and civilisation clash.”
King Abdullah II of Jordan said it is “essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding.” He called for an annual World Interfaith Harmony Week to promote tolerance.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak told the UN assembly that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims were offended by “attempts to demonise Islam.”'