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Global Blasphemy Law?

ICC Note:

An Islamic group in Nigeria as called on the governments worldwide to review the right to free speech after condeming an anti-Islamic film as blasphemous. The group claims that the freedom of speech should not protect what it perceives as insults against Islam. Allowing this limitation on free speech, however, could allow Islamic extremists to 'legally' curtail any discussion on their faith that they decided was blasphemous. This limitation on free speech could lead to a global blasphemy law that would legally place Islam above other world religions.  

9/21/2012 Nigeria (AllAFrica) - An Islamic group, the Muslim Awareness International in Ibadan yesterday condemned the blasphemous film released in the United States of America, calling on governments across the world to begin a review of their freedom of expression law. At a news conference, the group declared that the right to freedom of expression is not liberty for blasphemy, adding that there is certainly no absolute right anywhere.

According to the spokesman for the group, Sheikh Abdulfattah Thanni, "every right has a limitation while the right of expression is not tantamount to liberty for sacrilege."

Sheikh Thanni, who is also the Director of Islamic Centre in Nigeria said: "No one should hide under the banner of freedom of expression to insult our prophet or desecrate the Book of Allah and our places of worship.


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