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Citing Quran-Burning Threat, Islamic Body Wants U.N. to Outlaw 'Offenses Against Religion'
Following the uproar over the threatened burning of the Quran by a small Florida church, a leading international Islamic body said Thursday that the United Nations should outlaw "all forms of offense against religions."
"The Florida Dove World Outreach Center Church's plan to burn copies of the Holy Quran on September 11 … requires immediate action to outlaw all acts of defamation of religions and religious sanctities," the Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) said in a communique.
"It is a blot on humanity that such discriminatory attack against Islam and Islamic holy sites is continuing in the absence of deterrent legal measures, local and international."
ISESCO, an arm of the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), called on the U.N. "to issue an international law criminalizing all forms of offense against religions under any circumstances."
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