By Rick Saunders
The Human Rights Council at that bastion of tolerance, the United Nations, last week approved a resolution condemning the “defamation of religions.” Characteristically, the only religion mentioned in the resolution as being “victimized” and identified as needing “protection” is–hang on to your hats–Islam.
That’s right, Virginia, Islam. Or, as it is known in the Middle East, on American university campuses, and among the trendy-eyeglassed enlightened of the latté and espresso circuits: “The Religion of Peace.”
Right. This is the religion whose more dogmatic adherents–the Islamists–embrace videotaped decapitations by serrated scimitar. This is the religion whose literalist believers recognize not only the right, but the obligation to “kill the infidel wherever found,” the term “infidel” being defined as anyone other than a strictly practicing Islamic Muslim. And this is the religion whose radicalized imams and ayatollahs advocate the establishment of a worldwide caliphate governed under Sharia law, with all of its “special” features including, for example, “honor killings.”
The U.N. resolution was (surprise, surprise) sponsored by Pakistan and supported by many Muslim nations, and had the backing of others, including Belarus (huh?) and that paragon nation of peace, justice and the collectivist way, Venezuela.
The Associated Press reported that “Muslim nations have argued that religions, in particular Islam, must be shielded from criticism in the media and other areas of public life.” They cited cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as an example of unacceptable free speech. “Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism,” the resolution said.
Wow. Apparently the folks who drafted the resolution did not get the memo from Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, abolishing the term “terrorism” from the lexicon, at least in this administration. Now, the PC term to be used is “man-caused disaster” instead of “terrorism.” Only in the mind of an Obot like Napolitano would the decapitation of a conscious and screaming Daniel Pearl be deemed a “man-caused disaster.” Personally, I think the term “terrorist murder” is shorter and much more accurate.
Ah, but accuracy and truth at the UN–much as at the Department of Homeland Security and elsewhere in the Obama administration–cannot be allowed to impede the continuing rampage of political correctness, as Secretary Napolitano’s goofy word-mangling and this most recent UN Human Rights Council resolution amply demonstrate.
Although the vast majority of Muslims are, in fact, rational and moderate people happily prepared to exist and coexist with their neighbors of all faiths (or lack of faith)–including, for example folks like Dr. M. Zhudi Jasser at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy–the radical ideologues within the Islamic faith who drive resolutions of this sort are the same folks whose skins are as thin as wet Kleenex on a flat rock. Anything that can be seen or imagined as being an affront to or criticism of Islam cannot and will not be tolerated.
This intolerance is nothing new. Indeed, one of the most comical, yet disturbingly bizarre examples of the radical paranoia afflicting these zealots took place many years ago in the form of protests and threats against the Yokohama Rubber Company. To quote from a 1992 Associated Press report:
Tokyo (AP) — A major Japanese tire maker has stopped making automobile tires with a tread pattern that resembles the Arabic word for Allah after receiving protests from Muslims. Akira Mikami, spokesman for the Tokyo-based Yokohama Rubber Co., said that in Islamic countries his company will replace the tires free of charge. The company also apologized for its lack of knowledge of Islam. Mikami said the tread was designed by computer to maximize driving safety and was not meant to blaspheme Allah.
The next time your Yokohama-equipped Chevy starts to hydroplane in a rainstorm in a Muslim country because its tread design had to be changed for fear of offending people who might see the mirror image of the word for their deity in the mud, just let off the gas, steer in the direction of the skid and pray (to your own deity) that you don’t wind up overturned in a ditch because a computer-designed safety tread pattern was sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and serrated scimitars.
Better yet, keep and drive the Chevy here, with or without the tires with the offending tread design — because now, following The Chosen One’s ouster of GM CEO Rick Wagoner, the United States government (Obamaspeak-to-English translation: “the taxpayers”) will from this day forward “stand behind your warrantee.”
The interesting question could thus arise: will the Obama-guaranteed backing of GM warranties require that all vehicles that might have Yokohama Offending Tread Design Tires (“YOTDTs”) on them replaced with Obama Department of PC Transportation approved ones, or any warranty claim will be denied? Don’t laugh . . . anyone who has dealt with a warranty claim knows that this is how these folks think.
Another interesting question would be, now that the offending tread design has been wiped clean from the YOTDTs, what if anything would the tread design approved by the Obama Department of PC Transportation resemble? Here are a few clues — it’s old, but not as old as the Q’uran . . . it holds a special place in our president’s heart . . . and it was written by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.
So, Obots of America — still happy with how you voted last November?
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008. Jeff Schreiber started America’s Right in January 2008.
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