An excellent article by Raymond Ibrahim.
However, to gain traction among the international community, the OIC and others cynically maintain that such laws should protect all religions from defamation, not just Islam (even as Muslim governments ban churches, destroy crucifixes, and burn Bibles). Disingenuous or not, the OIC’s wording suggests that any expression that “slanders” the religious sentiments of others should be banned.
What, then, do we do with Islam’s core religious texts — beginning with the Koran itself?
The Koran repeatedly slanders, denigrates, and blackens the reputation of other specific religions. Consider these passages about Christianity:
— Koran 5:73: “Infidels are they who say God is one of three,” a reference to the Christian Trinity.
— Koran 5:72: “Infidels are they who say God is the Christ, [Jesus] son of Mary.”
— Koran 9:30: “[T]he Christians say the Christ is the son of God … may God’s curse be upon them!”
The word “infidel” (kafir) is one of Islam’s most derogatory terms. What if a core Christian text — or even a Western cartoon — declared: “Infidels are they who say Muhammad is the prophet of God — may God’s curse be upon them”?
If Muslims consider that a great defamation against Islam — and they would, with all the attendant rioting, murders, etc. — then by the same standard, it must be admitted that the Koran defames Christians and Christianity.