(Hat tip to Vlad Tepes)
Here is David G. Littman speaking before the UN Human Rights Council (sort of a contradiction of terms, really) on the whole shebang about the Defamation of Religions measure, which should read Defamation of One Religion.
It's refreshing to know that the UN occasionally allows a few sane voices to be heard.
In case you didn't know, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a 57-member group of Islamic nations, has been pushing this measure at the UN, which would criminalize any criticism of religions world-wide. Yet, the only specific religion mentioned is Islam, and that would be the only religion that the measure would effectively enforce. Meanwhile, as Mr Littman points out, the same voices that want to silence any criticism of Islam over the issue of terror and sharia law, are consistently spouting defamatory comments about Jews and Christians.
On March 25, 2010, the Defamation of Religion measure, introduced by Pakistan, narrowly passed the Council. Here is the text. Please read it carefully. If you just scan or skim it, it seems benign.
Note that there is only one religion mentioned-Islam. If you were a Christian, Jew or Baha'i living in a Muslim country, you might wonder why your religion wasn't specifically mentioned. Sorry. Must have been a typo.
It kind of reminds you of.....