Has the OSCE Succumbed to Shariah? An Interview with Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
by Jerry Gordon – November 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, a constellation of events, in the Middle East, Europe and the US have thrust certain doctrinal precepts of Islam which endanger basic Western values such as freedom of speech, into public debate. Terms like Shariah, blasphemy and Islamophobia have entered the mainstream largely at the insistence of the Saudi-based 56-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Bat Ye’or has described this organization in her recent book as the focal point of a rising world-wide Caliphate.
Witness these events. On October 28th, The Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) issued new guidelines for combating Islamophobia at a conference in Vienna followed by a two day forum on November 10 and 11th to discuss implementation at the Secretariat Headquarters at the Hofburg. On November 4th, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies held an international symposium on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to address the topic of Silenced: “Are Global Trends to Ban Religious Defamation, Religious Insult, and Islamophobia a New Challenge to First Amendment Freedoms?” On November 11th, the first national conference “The Constitution or Shariah: Preserving Freedom,” was held in Nashville, Tennessee with scholars and experts from the US, U.K., Australia and Nigeria addressing the issues of Shariah and the Islamization of America.
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