Muslim Group to UN: Bar 'Defamation of Religions'

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An international Muslim group is pushing for a controversial resolution in the United Nations after a Florida pastor threatened to burn Korans.

The Organization of Islamic Conference has sought a UN resolution barring defamation of religions for 10 years.

The group claims the threatened Koran burning and the protests over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero make it imperative to protect against growing Islamaphobia.

The resolution is supposed to protect all religions. But Jay Sekulow, with the American Center for Law and Justice told CBN News that it's real purpose is to protect Islam, that it could be used to persecute people of other faiths.

"The fact of the matter is that this definition of religion has nothing to do with protecting religious freedom, in fact to the contrary," Sekulow said.

"What it does is isolate and protect Islam from criticism, which means those that are engaged in the (propagation) of gospel to members of Muslim faith would be guilty of violating a UN resolution," he explained.

"I mean who's in favor of defaming religion? Nobody is the answer," he added. "But that's not what the resolution deals with. The resolution says if you speak out against Islam you're guilty of violating a UN resolution."

Newspaper editorials in Muslim nations around the world are also calling for the resolution's passage.

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