Et af mine favoritmagasiner gennem nu 20 år, Reason Magazine, har i sit seneste nummer et interview med en af mine danske favoritjournalister (og dem er der ikke mange af), Flemming Rose. Læs mere om Muhammed-krisen her, bl.a. dette:
“[What] really bothers me todayand this hasn’t been reported very widelyis that right after the cartoon crisis, the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the United Nations sponsored a resolution condemning the “ridiculing of religion.” It didn’t pass, but in March of this year the United Nations Human Rights Consul, which is the highest international body in the world for the protection of human rights, passed a resolution condoning state punishment of people criticizing religion. I think this is a big scandal. This was a direct result of the “cartoon crisis.” Fortunately the European Union voted against it. But countries like Russia, Mexico and China supported the resolution. And in this resolution, they call on governments to pass laws or write provisions into their constitutions forbidding criticism of religion. This would give a free hand to authoritarian regimes around the world to clamp down on dissidents.
One of the lessons I have drawn from this experience is that free speech is indivisible. I am in favor of removing all blasphemy laws and laws criminalizing Holocaust denial… I think that in a globalized world, the way forward is not raise barriers “protecting people,” or calling for “responsible speech,” but to do away with all kinds of limitations of speech.”