|11/18/2010: USCIRF Urges Continued Opposition to UN Anti-Blasphemy Resolution|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2010
“This minor change in terminology, from defamation to vilification, is a distinction without a difference,” said Leonard Leo, USCIRF chair. “Having lost support on this issue over the past few years, the OIC is now trying to fool delegations into believing that the resolution has improved when it has not. This flawed resolution still seeks to protect religions from blasphemous or critical speech, at the expense of individuals’ rights to freedom of religion and expression,” continued Mr. Leo. “It also still erroneously conflates blasphemy or criticism of religious ideas with incitement to acts of discrimination or violence against individuals.”
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress.