Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out in opposition to proposals from mainly Muslim groups that would make defamation of a religion a crime. She noted, “some claim that the best way to protect the freedom of religion is to implement the so-called anti defamation”policies that restrict the right of people to attack and criticize religions. “The United States will always…. stand against discrimination and persecution… but an individual’s ability to practice his or her religion has no bearing on others’ freedom of speech.” She noted there will always even within a religion be conflicts and disagreements as to the meaning and goals of the religion, and according to the resolution, even those could be interpreted as a crime because someone criticized a religion.
One can only wonder how Islamist fundamentalists would speak if such a resolution were to pass in the UN given their constant insults of the Jewish religion. A high percent of attacks on Israel contain insults about Jews–should those comments be construed as insulting a religion?