In today’s Washington Post, law professor Jonathan Turley notes a disturbing trend of even enlightened European nations prohibiting criticism of Islam, using the concepts of hate speech
Thanks for those links but it’s not really “news”. I wrote already over a year ago in this and other fora on the attempts of the OIC countries to subvert the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the Orwellian phrase “defamation of religion”. I also pointed out that there are many NGOs fighting this, like the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU - http://www.iheu.org), world union of Humanist organizations or the Center for Inquiry (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/).
Help them by becoming contributing member, reading their attempts to throw sand into the UN bureaucratic machinery now used by dictatorships and theocracies to promote global censorship also is often brilliantly ironic:
A good way of keeping up with all the developments is Ophelia Bensons blog http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com
“Defamation of Religion”, “Islamophobia” are also just recent manifestations of a trend to shield “faith” and faith-based forms of oppression and violence from criticism and the use of “faith-communities” as bases of power for a mafia of “faith-leaders”.
Check Kenan Maliks book “From Fatwa to Jihad” (now out in paperback!) for a comprehensive overview from the 1980ies until now.