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Jos Gibbons's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Jos Gibbons

Here are a few revelations about the Cairo Declaration from Wikipedia. It proclaims “the sanctity of life, and declares the "preservation of human life" as "a duty prescribed by the Shariah". (No abortions then.) It “gives men and women the "right to marriage"” (presumably not men and men or women and women, though?) “regardless of their race, colour or nationality, but not religion. In addition women are given "equal human dignity", "own rights to enjoy", "duties to perform", "own civil entity", "financial independence", and the "right to retain her name and lineage", though not equal rights in general. The Declaration makes the husband responsible for the social and financial protection of the family.” It adds: "Islam is the religion of unspoiled nature.” (Everyone pre-Koran somehow missed that state.) “It is prohibited to exercise any form of compulsion on man or to exploit his poverty or ignorance in order to convert him to another religion or to atheism" (But for Islam, it’s OK? People often become atheists either on their own or through influences from others of a nature this wording doesn’t cover, but whether these cases will be tolerated we’ll see.) It says “no individual is to be used for medical or scientific experiments” (even with their consent? Vivisection alone is allowed.)

Also, “there are no other crimes or punishments than those mentioned in the Sharia, which include corporal punishment (whippings, amputations) and capital punishment. The right to hold public office can only be exercised in accordance with the Sharia, which forbids Muslims to submit to the rule of non-Muslims.” (No comment.) "Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah" (Well, that’s all right then: you can say anything you like as long as it’s not anti-Islamist.) "Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Shari’ah." (Even better!) "Information is a vital necessity to society.” (Agreed – but wait to see where they go with this.) “It may not be exploited or misused in such a way as may violate sanctities and the dignity of Prophets, undermine moral and ethical values or disintegrate, corrupt or harm society or weaken its faith" Right. "It is not permitted to arouse nationalistic or doctrinal hatred or to do anything that may be an incitement to any form of racial discrimination." To quote Wikipedia, “The CDHRI concludes in article 24 and 25 that all rights and freedoms mentioned are subject to the Islamic Shariah, which is the declaration's sole source.” OK, we get it.

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:31:00 UTC | #408268