Islam Conference Denounces Anti-Muslim Critics

Concern by Islamic leaders regarding the presence of those in Western nations who attack their faith was expressed by Secretary General Akmeleddin Insanoglu of the Orgaization of Islamic Conferences. He was sharply critical of the growing “campaign of he and discrimination” against Muslims as exemplified by the anti-Quran film, Fitna” which was made by Dutch political leader Geert Wider. “Mere condemnation and distancing from the acts of the perpetrators of Islamophobia will not resolve the issue as long as they reman free to carry on with their campaign of incitement and provocation on the pleas of freedom of expression.” His view was seconded by Malaysian Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi.

It is common for Muslim leaders to express anger at books or films or cartoons which depict Muslims in a negative manner, but few regard anti-Jewish material as also fitting into the category of offensive materials. Vicious anti-semitic books such as “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” sell in the thousands of copies and one can pick up newspapers which portray Jews in despicable ways without any expression of concern by Muslim leaders. The right of freedom of expression is part of the Western tradition and just as Muslims are free to attack and depict those whom they hate so is the right of individuals to hate Muslims.