From AFNN and Alliance Defense Fund:
Turning Christian speech into 'hate speech'
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 10/26/2010 4:15:00 AM
Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has joined other groups in urging the United Nations to protect religious expression in a civil rights covenant.
The U.N.'s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for a consultation to review the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. ADF attorney Piero Tozzi explains that two provisions are at issue.
"One [provision] provides for freedom of expression. Another provision, however, would limit that," he explains. "It's the following article that says: 'Any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence shall be prohibited by law.'"
But according to Tozzi, the agency tweaked the language to lean towards "hate speech"-type regulations -- something that has proven to be a problem, especially for Christians.
"And you sometimes see it in the case of attempting to evangelize people who are not Christians, in particular Muslims," the attorney explains, "[and] people react to it say 'Well, I feel offended by it. It is done at the expense of my religion, therefore that is hate speech.'"
It has also been used by homosexual activists against Christians in Canada and Sweden, for example, to silence the opposition. ADF has filed documents with the U.N. to explain true freedom of speech, and proof of how anti-discrimination laws have limited it.