March 27, 2007

First Muslims, then Catholics ... now Jews!

Soccer Dad tips me off to what serves as an addendum to a post of mine from yesterday: Baltimore Hebrew University professor supports penalties for "negative depiction of religion."

As the crisis over the Danish cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad appears to be dying down, it is time to create a system to prevent such a costly crisis from erupting in the future.

As a result of the crisis, lives were lost, embassies were attacked in the Muslim world, the loyalty of Muslims living in Europe was put into question, and the image of Islam in the West as a violent religion was reinforced, thus increasing the possibility of the "clash of civilizations" desired by Islamic radicals such as Osama bin Laden....

In order to rectify the situation, and to prevent a future crisis of this type from erupting, what is needed is a "code of conduct" for the newspapers and other media in both the Western and Muslim worlds. All governments must agree that the negative depiction of religion is "out of bounds," and penalties should be imposed on those who violate the code of conduct.

To solve that problem, I propose the creation of an International Religious Court, composed of Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergymen with one clergyman representing each of the three religions. Anyone feeling that his or her religion was insulted could appeal to the International Religious Court for a ruling on the matter, and the court would then determine whether a penalty should be invoked. It would be the responsibility of the government on whose territory the action took place to impose the penalty....(Link.)

My emphasis. An International Religious Court? Of course, this court would run into a thing here in the U.S. of A. called the First Amendment, in whose freedom of speech clause "negative depictions of religions" are quite permissable. Notwithstanding, as well, the obvious national sovereignty issues! (Which, to be fair, the professor does somewhat acknowledge.)

Posted by Hube at March 27, 2007 06:59 PM | TrackBack

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I rather liked the "each of the three religions" thing. Apparently, they've all been consolidated down to three. Much to the chagrin of a billion Hindus.

I'm sure the good professor would be up in arms if someone defamed Scient0logy.

Posted by: Duffy at March 28, 2007 08:30 AM

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