posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 01:05 AM
Harris Zafar, National Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, claims in the Huffington Post that Islam doesn't deny freedom of speech or
attempt to censor those who insult Islam.
The ultimate goal of Islam is to unite mankind under a single banner of peace... ...In order to unite mankind, Islam instructs us to only use
speech to be truthful, do good to others, and be fair and respectful.
The most vocal proponents of freedom of speech, however, call us toward a different path, where people can say anything and everything on their mind.
With no restraint on speech at all, every form of provocation would exist, thereby cultivating confrontation and antagonism. They insist this freedom
entitles them the legal privilege to insult others. This is neither democracy nor freedom of speech. It fosters animosity, resentment and disorder.
Rather than focusing on privileges, Islam focuses on the principle to avoid speech that causes separation and conflict... ...No matter how important
the cause of free speech, it still pales in comparison to the cause of world peace and unity.
I don't find this argument that Islam is consistant with free speech very convincing.
Harris Zafar is arguing on the one hand that people under Islam are allowed to say anything they want, yet also arguing on the other hand that people
should be restrained from saying anything that Muslims find insulting.
That isn't consistent with free speech.
I also don't like the way he states that the ultimate goal is to achieve peace by uniting mankind under a single banner of peace. Isn't such a
statement a euphemism for wanting Islam to dominate the World?
He further argues that no matter how important free speech, it pales in comparison to the cause of world peace and unity. Whose unity? I don't want to
live under the unity of Islam.
It should be noted that the typical penalty for criticizing Islam (blasphemy) in Islamic nations ranges from imprisonment and a fine up to the death
penalty. Those penalties are applied.
penalties up to execution by hanging
years of imprisonment and a fine
may be punished by the death penalty
maximum of five years imprisonment
Prison sentence or Fatwa seeking death
imprisonment (up to three years) and a fine
punishable by death
Punishable by death
• Saudi Arabia
penalties up to the death penalty for blasphemy
imprisonment and a fine
• United Arab Emirates
Imprisonment up to 10 years. Since 1993 that Sharia punishments may not be imposed on non-Muslims.
accused in Yemen is subject to Islamic law (Sharia). Sharia, according to some interpretations, prescribes death as the proper punishment for
I'm all for freedom of speech. The National Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the USA is only for free speech as long as Islam
doesn't find it insulting and as long as it doesn't prevent us all from unifying under a single banner of peace.
I don't want to be unified under the single banner of Islam.
edit on 10-3-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)