From Below the Beltway:
Law Professor Jonathan Turley makes note of a little reported but extremely alarming development at the United Nations:
As Turley notes, the rise of Muslim populations in Europe, among whom respect for Western concepts such as freedom of speech are much less prevalent, has led to several examples of people being prosecuted for actions merely because they offend someone’s religious beliefs:
And adherence to the outmoded concept that “blasphemy” is something that government has any right to concern itself with isn’t limited to Europe and Canada; earlier this year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania denied a corporate registration because it considered the corporate name “blasphemous.”
In a free society, of course, there is no room for laws against blasphemy, as the Supreme Court made clear in the 1952 case Burstyn v. Williams:
Yes, it’s just a UN Resolution and, yes, it has no teeth and can’t be enforced, but it’s symbolic and it’s incredibly disturbing, and completely inexcusable, that an American President would side with the censors.