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Free Speech, UN-Style

If George Orwell had never lived, we would lack a word to describe the UN’s serial logical inversions of the term “human rights.” Under the banner of human rights, entire office parks of the Canadian court system have been commandeered and charged with the task of silencing those who, in fact, defend such rights. Political correctness and radical Islam have conspired to brand anyone who dare speaks ill of jihadists as human rights violators.

So where better than the UN Human Rights Council, the world’s foremost Petri dish of PC and jihad, to make it official? The Canadian Press reports that last Friday afternoon the Council passed an amendment that calls for their “expert on freedom of expression to report on people who abuse their free speech rights to espouse racial and religious discrimination.”

Friday afternoons are the best times to get shady propositions okayed by bureaucrats in a rush to start their weekends. But in this case I think the amendment would have made it even if it was the first order of business on a Monday morning. Here’s the Canadian Press:

The 47-nation council is dominated by Arab and other Muslim countries.

Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan, who was speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, denied that the resolution would limit free speech.

This is the UN’s version of free speech: free from criticism of radical Islam.



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