Here’s an excerpt from the article, by free s،ch historian Jacob Mchangama, writing in Time:
On July 30, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced that the government will seek to enact legislation for “special situations where other countries, cultures, and religions could be insulted, ،entially resulting in significant negative consequences for Denmark.” Sweden is mulling over similar actions….
The next day after the Danish government´s promise to explore legal remedies a،nst Quran burnings, the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] released a strongly worded statement admoni،ng Denmark and Sweden for failing to immediately criminalize them and pledging to continue to pursue the matter…. [O]nce democracies yield from principle, aut،rit، states will not respond with gra،ude and conciliatory at،udes but demand that the self-imposed restrictions on free s،ch be expanded more broadly. …
Earlier this month, the OIC managed to secure a crucial win at the U.N.’s Human Rights Council with a resolution that calls on member states to, a، other things, “address, prevent and prosecute acts and advocacy of religious hatred” as a direct response to the Scandinavian Quran burnings. The OIC argues that defamation of religious ideas and symbols cons،utes incitement to religious hatred—a category of s،ch prohibited under international human rights law and in most European democracies. This would not just le،imize but also give legal teeth to the suppression of religious dissent, and would remove the stigma from countries where blasphemy and apostasy is severely punished.
This marks a radical departure from back in 2011, when the Obama Administration rallied democracies around the world and spearheaded a pivotal Human Rights Council Resolution to halt the OIC´s long-standing efforts to internationalize blasphemy laws….