U.N. Assault on Free Speech and Religious Liberty Begins

Washington D.C. (December 9th, 2011) -- During a closed door meeting next week the U.S. State Department, taking instruction from the United Nations, will host leaders from around the world in an effort to shame and pressure religious liberty and free speech organizations from engaging Islam.

“What we are seeing here is a direct assault with the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and our own U.S. State Department in an effort to chill and curb religious liberties and free speech in America,” stated Lafferty.

The closed-door meetings being held in Washington will last from December 12-14th, but the topics and the agenda -- and those meeting in Washington -- have not been released to the public.  Several attempts to obtain this list by Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) have been refused or deferred.  Additionally, two formal written requests to observe the proceedings as well as participation on an NGO conference call were dismissed.

This upcoming State Department meeting follows a disturbing pattern within the Obama administration to silence free speech and replace it with so-called “good speech” -- among examples:

  • A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dated April 2009 began identifying Christians, anti-illegal immigration groups, and returning U.S. veterans as targets for “right-wing extremism” during the Obama Administration,
  • In October 2011, the Obama-led U.S. Justice Department recently withdrew references to Islam in training manuals designed to combat terrorism,
  • Similarly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has grown increasingly alarmed as the Obama administration continues to target Catholic colleges, universities, and hospitals -- even to the point of defunding the USCCB’s work on human trafficking,
  • Now the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, having achieved one of its core aims in combating “Islamophobia” is arriving in Washington to force and implement U.N. Resolution 16/18 upon an unsuspecting American public.

“It is hypocritical for the State Department to insist that a meeting designed discussed best practices on protecting free speech is predicated on a closed-door meeting with foreign nationals,” said Lafferty.  “Moreover, Clinton has pointedly remarked that part of the implementation of U.N. Resolution 16/18 will be an effort to utilize “techniques of peer pressure and shaming” to silence critics of Islamic shariah.”

“Americans are tired of being told that we are our own worst enemy.  Terrorists attacked the United States, in the name of Islam, because they hate the freedoms that make us strong,” said Lafferty.  “What will history say if we allowed the diplomats and bureaucrats of the United Nations and State Department to accomplish what terrorists and planes could not?”


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