Dians writes: “I have no respect for this,” Wilders added. He pointed out that in a typical criminal case there are often dozens of witnesses heard.
In confronting the Danish cartoons and the Dutch film “Fitna”, we sent a clear message to the West regarding the red lines that should not be crossed. As we speak, the official West and its public opinion are all now well-aware of the sensitivities of these issues. They have also started to look seriously into the question of freedom of expression from the perspective of its inherent responsibility, which should not be overlooked
Now, the Tundra Tabloids confronted the very same OIC secretary-general when he came to Helsinki in 08′, in which the TT issued the following (partial here) statement concerning free speech:
Contrary to what the Secretary-General says, freedom of speech does in fact mean the right to insult. Regardless of how tasteless it may be, it is a crucial, integral part of freedom of speech, one simply can’t survive without the other.[…]Can OIC sec-Gen offer his own personal assurances that the O I C is not going to use the conference,(DurbanII) to attack Israel, as well as focusing on global blasphemy, which “would legitimize arbitrary restrictions of freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the freedoms of expression and opinion, all in the name of protecting religions from ‘defamation’ and ‘blasphemy.?”
Here is Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s (partial) response to the question about the right to insult:
The freedom sir, does not mean insulting, this is not acceptable, this is incitement to hatred on a religious basis, on a racial basis is prohibited by international convention.
Hajj Amin al-Husseini: