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Human Rights, Islamic Supremacism, and Our Responsibilities

December 10, 2008
by Jeffrey Imm

After World War II and the defeat of the Axis powers, the human rights abuses and atrocities by the Aryan supremacists and other fascists led members of the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. While the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty were declared by the United States of America on July 4, 1776, this additional Universal Declaration of Human Rights was intended to gain acceptance of fundamental human rights by other nations in the world.

Similar to the United States declaration of such inalienable human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes "the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family."

Among the clauses in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are key components of a global commitment to the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty:
-- "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
-- "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."
-- "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."
-- "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

The declaration of such fundamental inalienable human rights was defied by those promoting totalitarian ideologies, then and now. One such totalitarian ideology remains the growing threat of Islamic supremacism.

The Islamic Supremacist Denial of Human Rights

In addition to the Communist totalitarian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was rejected by the Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1981, the Islamic Republic of Iran's representative to the United Nations told the U.N. that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights could not be implemented by Muslims, as it could conflict with ""the divine law of the country." That same year, the Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (UIDHR) was presented to UNESCO, providing a Islamic supremacist view of "human rights," based on Sharia. On August 5, 1990, a Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) by the 19th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers of the 45 Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It was intended to supersede the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam was based on the ideology of Islamic supremacism. It was meant to "serve as a guide for Member states in all aspects of life." This Cairo Declaration offers "human rights" contingent on acceptance of this Islamic supremacist ideology and its Sharia codification. The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam states that:
-- "All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari'ah."
-- "The Islamic Shari'ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration."

The Failure of the United Nations to Defend Human Rights

Incredibly, the same United Nations that once called for this Universal Declaration of Human Rights has failed to challenge the supremacist Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. You can find this Cairo Declaration on United Nations' web sites, referenced in United Nations' proceedings, and even referenced in UN human rights groups' lists of documents by organizations "aimed at promoting and consolidating democracy."

Surely the most urgent United Nations' human rights action on the 60th anniversary of this Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be to confront this Islamic supremacist Cairo Declaration with serves as a mockery to declarations of inalienable human rights. But the United Nations remains silent on this point. The agenda for the United Nations' 60th anniversary of the UDHR doesn't even contain the word "equality," nor is it a theme of subjective calls for "dignity and justice" by its leading members. Defending such inalienable human rights as "equality" requires judgment on those that reject equality, something those who claim to support "human rights" at the United Nations fear to do.

Moreover, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been increasingly opposed to defending the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2007, the UNHRC was pressured by the Islamic supremacist OIC into seeking to edit motions for defending religious freedoms into denying religious rights. In June 2008, the UNHRC bowed to Islamic supremacist pressure to prohibit debate over the impact of Sharia on human rights, and efforts continue with the United Nations to push a legitimization of Islamic supremacism by denying any debate on the ideology. Such efforts have been led by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), where this year, the United States named an envoy to represent our nation in such efforts. As addressed by David Littman, this included an October 2008 seminar sponsored by the OIC with the goal to codify any criticism against Islamic supremacism as "advocacy of religious hatred." Walid Phares has also addressed efforts by the OIC to legitimize totalitarian supremacism by calling for protection by "defamation" against religions.

But no seminars or speeches defending the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty, including freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, are forthcoming from the United Nations. Their grim "celebration" of the anniversary of the UDHR comes as U.N. human rights leaders have turned their back on such inalienable human rights and further legitimized those who seek oppression and denial of equality through Islamic supremacism.

The Human Rights "Advocates" Who Mock the Human Rights of Equality and Liberty

On December 1, 2008, CNN published a commentary by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter entitled "U.S. must lead world on human rights." Mr. Carter further sought to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But if Mr. Carter wants to promote human rights, perhaps he should start with himself. In April 2008, Mr. Carter met with leaders of the Islamic supremacist group Hamas, linked to the Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas' covenant (article 32) promotes the anti-semitic apocryphal "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" that was promoted by Adolf Hitler in his Nazi party efforts and in his book Mein Kampf.

Mr. Carter makes a mockery of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the "human rights" that he claims to support, when he openly legitimizes Islamic supremacist groups that espouse the same supremacist ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party (the very reason for the creation of the UDHR in the first place). But CNN ignores this and promotes Mr. Carter as a figure supporting "human rights."

In Mr. Carter's April 2008 meetings with the Islamic supremacist group Hamas, he also met with Hamas leader Khaled Mash'al in Syria. Six months after this meeting, Hamas Mash'al boasts to the Al-Jazeera TV audience on October 12, 2008 "how Allah made a laughingstock of America," and asserts that "[t]he day will come, within several years, when this world will change, submitting to the Arab Islamic will, Allah willing."

Mr. Carter is once again headed to the Middle East, for meetings in Lebanon, and reports state that he next plans to meet with the Islamic supremacist group Hezbollah. But Mr. Carter is just one example of a sickness with the human rights community. We have seen others continue to praise groups with Islamic supremacist history such as CAIR, MPAC, and ISNA as human rights groups. We have seen leaders in foreign policy call for engagement with Islamic supremacist organizations. We have seen individuals in the counterterrorism community seek surrender with Islamic supremacist groups.

This sickness in human rights has allowed obvious contradictions on freedoms to be published without objection - a recent Guardian article calls for support for freedom of speech under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - and urges the Islamic supremacist Hizb ut-Tahrir group to respect such freedoms. This is the same Hizb ut-Tahrir that calls for world domination by an Islamic supremacist caliphate, but this is never mentioned or even considered in such an absurd call for an Islamic supremacist group to respect "freedom."

This sickness in human rights can also be seen in the world media, which largely ignores the ideology of Islamic supremacism itself. As Steven Emerson asked in his recent article "They're Winning," "can you imagine the New York Times focusing its coverage sympathetically on the families of the convicted members of the KKK or neo-Nazis?" Of course not. It would be against all of our understanding of human rights. But what happens when advocates of human rights choose to be blind to Islamic supremacism?

The Human Rights Challenge for a Generation

The challenge for this generation is not just of fighting war, not just of defeating terrorism, but is the larger issue of defending the human rights of equality and liberty. Without working towards this fundamental human rights objective, all of our military efforts, counterterrorism efforts, and foreign policy efforts will accomplish nothing. Yet this most vital issue in our generation is largely unaddressed by the traditional human rights organizations in our world. We certainly have a small group of brave women activists that have been seeking to address the disgrace of Islamic supremacist "honor killing." We have groups such as Compass Direct that address the continuing abuse of Islamic supremacists to Christians around the world. We have groups that fight for academic freedom and religious freedom. We have those who seek to stand up to the Islamic supremacist Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) at the United Nations. We have a small, valiant, team of human rights heroes today.

But we must recognize that the decades of denial and obfuscation on Islamic supremacism, including the continuing use of the mainstream mass media to promote those who would mock human rights, requires a different level of effort. It requires a sea change in human perspective on human rights. It requires a national, war-time level mobilization of the American public to defend the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty in America and around the world. It requires a massive public effort to defy and confront the ideology of Islamic supremacism.

It requires a new way of looking at human rights as the responsibility of "someone else," and it requires introspection within us. What would our lives be like without equality and liberty? What would our friends' and families' lives be like? What would our children's and the next generation's lives be like? We can overcome difficult economic times and many other material challenges. But how would the next generation overcome a challenge to the very inalienable human rights of equality and liberty itself - the basis for everything that America is and hopes to be?

A recent news report tells of an Islamic supremacist Taliban member boasting of using his child as a suicide bomber. The Islamic supremacist cowards willing sacrifice the next generation to defend their lie of supremacism. But while we may view them as cowards, what will the next generation view us if we do not assume the responsibility of defending the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty today? Who else will be there to keep hope alive for those oppressed by Islamic supremacists in America and around the world?

We Will Overcome Islamic Supremacism

Those of us who seek to promote equality and liberty do so because of our love and respect for humanity and for those who can't speak out for themselves. As Americans whose Declaration of Independence defines the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty as part of our identity, it is our responsibility to defend equality and liberty during these times.

The truth is that, regardless of the title of Mr. Emerson's recent article "They're Winning," Islamic supremacists will never truly win. They will always ultimately lose their battle for supremacism as long as a single human remains that respects the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty. The question really is how long will it take for those defending equality and liberty to effectively confront Islamic supremacism.

As equality and liberty are inalienable human rights, we will overcome those who would spread Islamic supremacist hate and suppression. The lie of Islamic supremacism will fall. As it has been said before, "no lie can live forever." Surely someday, we will overcome those who would appease Islamic supremacists in our nation and around the world.

But someday can't come soon enough for the helpless and the hopeless living in this nation and around the world that live in fear and terror from the hate-mongering and oppression of Islamic supremacists. Someday can't come soon enough for the children who are stoned to death, thrown acid on, bombs strapped onto them, or who are murdered by their families for Islamic supremacist so-called "honor." Someday can't come soon enough for those tortured and oppressed for simply seeking their inalienable human freedom of conscience.

How long must the helpless and the hopeless in America and around the world wait for the "someday" when the sons and daughters of a nation, founded on equality and liberty, will be responsible for such inalienable human rights by defying Islamic supremacism?

Human Rights ... It Starts With You

What if "someday" started today? Right now?

It can. We don't have to take it anymore. We can choose to defy those who would disgrace human rights by promoting and appeasing Islamic supremacism. We can choose to be responsible adults that value our equality and liberty. We can choose our destiny. We don't have to submit to being helpless victims against a supremacist ideology. We can defy and defeat the Islamic supremacism ideology that is dependent on responsible individuals doing nothing.

Help make "someday" start today. Tell yourself that you are responsible for equality and liberty. Say it out loud - "I am responsible for equality and liberty." Take the first step today, right now. Own it. This minute. Own the responsibility for your identity as an individual that believes in and will defend equality and liberty. Assert your belief in your inalienable human rights of equality and liberty - right now today. Wear your responsibility that is in your heart and mind on your sleeve, and pass it forward.

Tell your spouse, a friend, or relative. If you can't tell them, tell a stranger in the street. Then the next day, tell someone else. And the next day, tell another person. Each time you declare your responsibility for equality and liberty, you send a message of defiance to those Islamic supremacists who would oppress others.

That is how human rights activism starts - with you. That is how changing the world starts - one person at a time. By being responsible for equality and liberty, we remember what we are fighting for when faced with Islamic supremacism in the United States and around the world. This is our responsibility and our legacy to the future.

With great power comes great responsibility, but also with great responsibility comes great power, self-respect, and dignity. As those responsible for equality and liberty, if we were to die tomorrow, we would still die with honor, not on our knees. Isn't the inalienable human right that "all men are created equal" worth our being responsible enough to defend it?

Hundreds of years of American struggle for the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty have led you here today to the point where your forefathers are now looking to you to carry the torch forward. Now it's your turn to be a hero, it's your turn to make history, it's your turn to show the courage of your convictions.

This is what the Islamic supremacist enemy does not expect. They think they have you all figured out, and they are counting on the American public to be silent on equality and liberty. They are counting on the American public being in denial and passive; they are depending on Americans being so afraid of them that our policies will be rooted in a plaintive "leave us alone." Islamic supremacism survives based on the lie that their ideology is superior to the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty. Those dependent on a lie of supremacism can't understand the true moral courage of equality and liberty.

You are humanity's secret weapon against Islamic supremacism. The Islamic supremacist enemy doesn't expect your moral courage in being responsible for equality and liberty.

Take a stand today. Be counted among those who will be responsible for equality and liberty.

Fear No Evil.

[Postscript - see also Sources documents for additional reading and background information.]