Protecting their beliefs

Jerry: I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley. I have a suspicion that he’s converted to Judaism just for the jokes.

Father: And this offends you as a Jewish person.

Jerry: No, it offends me as a comedian.

(The Yada Yada, Seinfeld Episode 153)

On the heels of the furore over the movie The Innocence of Muslims, which no doubt revived memories of the Danish cartoon incident, four bishops based in north-eastern Africa and Cyprus called on the United Nations for an “international declaration” that “outlaws the intentional and deliberate insulting or defamation of persons (such as prophets), symbols, texts, and constructs of belief deemed holy by people of faith”.

As soon as they specify prophet, we all know which worldview they are referring to, because they certainly are not calling on everyone to respect Malachi. Similarly, the European Union, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League and the Commission of the African Union released a joint statement calling for us to respect

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