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UN racism conference off to a rocky start

ICC Note

“Many of these Arab countries are now taking this tact of tying the two together and saying that if you’re criticizing Islam, you’re being racist. Therefore, ‘you’re violating my human rights.’ That’s a very dangerous precedent; the problem then becomes tacit approval to persecute Christians, because they belong to a group that must be intrinsically racist.”

04/21/2009 Islam (MNN)-The United States and eight other Western countries walked out of the five-day United Nations racism conference.

The concerns are not without merit. Just last month, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council passed the Religion Defamation Resolution. The non-binding resolution urged countries to provide “protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general.” Muslim countries urged its passage to protect religion from criticism, specifically Islam.

However, Penner believes that tying race and faith together is not a well-reasoned approach to solving sectarian trouble. Currently, Islam is the only faith protected under a recent resolution to protect religion from criticism. “Many of these Arab countries are now taking this tact of tying the two together and saying that if you’re criticizing Islam, you’re being racist. Therefore, ‘you’re violating my human rights.’ That’s a very dangerous precedent; the problem then becomes tacit approval to persecute Christians, because they belong to a group that must be intrinsically racist.”

Pray that the governments will be open to allowing full rights and protection for non-Muslims. Pray too, for strength for those who come to Christ despite the threats they may face.

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