Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Very worrying indeed: the criminalization of criticizing Islam

Our brother Rev Bassam Madany pointed me to this important article in the Wall Street Journal. There are strange happenings in the world of international jurisprudence that do not bode well for the future of free speech. In an unprecedented case, a Jordanian court is prosecuting 12 Europeans in an extraterritorial attempt to silence the debate on radical Islam.

The prosecutor general in Amman charged the 12 with blasphemy, demeaning Islam and Muslim feelings, and slandering and insulting the prophet Muhammad in violation of the Jordanian Penal Code. The charges are especially unusual because the alleged violations were not committed on Jordanian soil.

The Wall Street Journal has more on this. I find this VERY worrying indeed. Our liberty to even share our Christian views on Islam may be at stake. We better speak our before it is too late.

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