by Kay B. Day
Yale is defending a decision to delete cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from the book scheduled for release Sept. 28, ‘The Cartoons That Shook the World,’ taking the position that publishing the images could incite violence. It’s what’s not being said, however, that is relevant to this story of censorship and global governance so popular with Democrats like former vice president Al Gore and our current Dem-controlled Congress. Yale might have violated a significant UN resolution had the university press included the cartoons.
I believe leftwingers are afraid to be critical of Islam. I tried a small experiment of my own. Recently on his Facebook page, a friend made a joke about seeing Jesus in a piece of toast or something like that—playing on the popular notion that an image of the Christian deity can appear in everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to concrete. And I added a comment along the lines of ‘Are you sure you didn’t see Allah?' No one touched that with a 10-foot pole.
The primary faith targeted for ridicule by leftist comics and sophists is of course Christianity. If you’re a rightwing evangelical, most leftists see you somewhere on the level of a worm. There’s also vitriol directed towards Mormonism and Scientology. And if that fails to please the leftists, they can always bash Israel—that seems to be official US policy these days.
Fact is Yale could be in violation of a UN resolution adopted in March by the Human Rights Council. President Barack Obama sought and won a seat on that council, reversing a policy established by President George W. Bush. Bush refused to be part of the council because of its antipathy towards Israel. The resolution of course violates America's sovereignty.
Most branded media said little about Obama’s decision. We reported it, like so many other stories of significance that are overlooked. Resolution 7/19 effectively places criticism of Islam on a unique pedestal—specifics are undefined but if you defame Islam, you are guilty. The resolution pays lip service to respect for all faiths, but only Islam is mentioned repeatedly. I see the resolution as a direct attack on freedom of speech.
Here’s what I wrote about the resolution in April:
“This document is nothing more than a feel-good exercise for a single religion. Here’s a breakdown of some major religions and how many times each were directly and specifically referred to in this document:Yale’s decision is a perfect example of religious repression—elevating one faith above others. Wicca isn’t even cited in the UN resolution; forms of that faith are probably among the oldest continual spiritual belief systems known to man. Please note I am referring to Wicca in its purest form, not in the pop-culture presentation of Wicca as witchcraft.
•Islam, Muslim, Arab—13
•Jew or Judaism—0
The UN Human Rights Council by the way is an insult to intelligence. Other recently elected members of the 47-seat council are: “Bangladesh, Belgium, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Hungary, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Uruguay.” Cuba and Nigeria are bastions of human rights, you know. Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) recently heaped praise on communist dictator Fidel Castro and in August the L.A. Times said 700 people died in Nigeria when fighting between police and “a radical Islamist sect” broke out. Saudi Arabia and China are great protectors of human rights, don’t you know?
Yale’s decision to pull images directly related to the central thesis of a book is a harbinger of censorship to come. Our president’s decision to join a council whose interpretation of human rights includes stifling freedom of speech is yet another misstep ignored by branded media and leftwingers who levied heavy criticism at Bush 43 over policies put in place to deal with an assault by Islamic extremists who declared a world war on freedom long before the 9/11 attacks.
Had Yale published the cartoons, the university press would more than likely have violated a UN agreement that seems to elevate global governance over the sovereignty established for the United States by the US Constitution.