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Turkey PM Pushes International Blasphemy Laws
by Andrew E. Harrod
The Turkish English-language publication Today's Zaman has just recently reported on its website the comments of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan concerning the implications of the Internet trailer for the movie Innocence of Muslims for free speech. The statements from the elected leader of an important North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member are an alarm bell for anyone concerned about the increasing threats to freedom of speech from various Muslim quarters around the world.
Speaking on September 16, 2012, during a visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Erdoğan noted that he is the "prime minister of a nation, of which most are Muslims and that has declared anti-Semitism a crime against humanity [No word yet on whether Turkey has declared the Ottoman Empire's 1915 Armenian genocide a crime against humanity]. But the West hasn't recognized Islamophobia as a crime against humanity—it has encouraged it." Erdoğan elaborated that "Freedom of thought and belief ends where the freedom of thought and belief of others start. You can say anything about your thoughts and beliefs, but you will have to stop when you are at the border of others' freedoms."
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