By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 14, 6:26 PM ET
The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.
Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world's Muslim nations are considering taking legal action against those that slight their religion or its sacred symbols. It was a key issue during a two-day summit that ended Friday in this western Africa capital.
The Muslim leaders are attempting to demand redress from nations like Denmark, which allowed the publication of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and again last month, to the fury of the Muslim world.
Though the legal measures being considered have not been spelled out, the idea pits many Muslims against principles of freedom of speech enshrined in the constitutions of numerous Western governments.
"I don't think freedom of expression should mean freedom from blasphemy," said Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, the chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference. "There can be no freedom without limits."
Delegates were given a voluminous report by the OIC that recorded anti-Islamic speech and actions from around the world. The report concludes that Islam is under attack and that a defense must be mounted.
"Muslims are being targeted by a campaign of defamation, denigration, stereotyping, intolerance and discrimination," charged Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the group.
I'm thinking that the best possible way to create a stir for myself and noodge my way into the profitable world of bloviation is to start insulting Islam in the hope of being sued by Senegal. Being a professional loudmouth is a long-time ambition of mine. God knows I've been an amateur loudmouth long enough - high time to start raking in some coin.
So here goes:
Hey, Islam! Why can't you miserable bastards get along with anybody? Why don't you have a Reformation? Do you all shave with a fork? Huh?
Please direct lawsuits to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.