Thursday, October 08, 2009

Obama sells out free speech

Anne Bayesky reports that the Obama administration is supporting a UN Human Rights Council resolution to limit/end free speech:

Privately, other Western governments were taken aback and watched the weeks of negotiations with dismay as it became clear that American negotiators wanted consensus at all costs. In introducing the resolution on Thursday, October 1--adopted by consensus the following day--the ranking U.S. diplomat, Chargé d'Affaires Douglas Griffiths, crowed:

"The United States is very pleased to present this joint project with Egypt. This initiative is a manifestation of the Obama administration's commitment to multilateral engagement throughout the United Nations and of our genuine desire to seek and build cooperation based upon mutual interest and mutual respect in pursuit of our shared common principles of tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

His Egyptian counterpart, Ambassador Hisham Badr, was equally pleased--for all the wrong reasons. He praised the development by telling the Council that "freedom of expression . . . has been sometimes misused," insisting on limits consistent with the "true nature of this right" and demanding that the "the media must . . . conduct . . . itself in a professional and ethical manner."

The new resolution, championed by the Obama administration, has a number of disturbing elements. It emphasizes that "the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities . . ." which include taking action against anything meeting the description of "negative racial and religious stereotyping." It also purports to "recognize . . . the moral and social responsibilities of the media" and supports "the media's elaboration of voluntary codes of professional ethical conduct" in relation to "combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."

It is pretty clear what Democrats mean when they talk about "negative racial ... stereotyping":  They are referring to any criticism of Obama or his policies.

Hat tip: Astute Blogger.


Anonymous said...

Poor, foolish Egyptian! Doesn't he understand that Obama is selling him out as well?
Obama has no morals, honor or decency. Nor does his disgusting, low-brow wife.
Let's get rid of them before our country goes down!

DavidMac said...

Obama must stifle free speech at all costs. The people cannot be allowed to criticize The One. Obama cannot be subjected to the critical thoughts of the ignorant American citizens who need government control of their lives. Don't they know what's good for them?

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