Reality Check: Muslim Protests Have Nothing To Do With a YouTube Video [video]_Featured_, Conspiracies, NATO & U.N. Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the U.N. call for banning blasphemy and whether it is based on a false narrative – that the violent protests in the Middle East were caused by a YouTube video.
It seems like every day there are new attacks on free speech. And, the come in the form of preventing hate speech, or preventing hurtful speech. One of the latest attacks is coming from the United Nations. This week there have been renewed calls for an international law that would ban blasphemy.
Here’s the back story. Turkey currently holds the post of the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It represents 56 member states – mainly Muslim majority countries. The OIC has spent the last several years pushing for an international defamation of religion law at the United Nations. OIC resolutions passed every year from 1999 to 2010. But, none of those resolutions were binding.
This week there has been a push at the U.N. to do something more. It’s all based upon the violent protests across the Middle East over a controversial YouTube video called “The Innocence of Muslims.” That video reportedly blasphemes the Prophet Mohammed. So, maybe the U.N. has a point, right?
Well, maybe not. Keep in mind that there is a major problem with the narrative that the protests were all the result of the YouTube video. Because they weren’t.
The attack in Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens was in retaliation of a U.S. drone strike on an al-Qaeda leader. What’s worse, is that our government knew that was the case within 24 hours of the attack, yet they continued to claim it was a result of a YouTube video.
In Egypt, violence erupted from protestors who were demanding the release of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is known as the “Blind Sheik” and is being held in a U.S. prison.
So, what you need to know is that in order to even begin talking about the need for protective speech from blasphemy is really a joke when the argument it is based upon is all untrue.
But, even if it were true, and again it’s not, blasphemy laws do nothing to protect religion. They do everything to oppress it.
If the U.S. wants to lead the world, why not be the real voice of free speech, the one who actually stands for it.