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U.S. Leading Effort to Criminalize Free Speech?

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In short, a mere cosmetic change in a resolution has resulted in a radical shift in the West’s—and specifically United States’ and therefore Europe’s —policy toward the OIC’s efforts to restrict free speech..

If we do no wake up quickly, recognize the implications of that policy shift, and reverse course, this “mere” cosmetic change may result in a radical shift in the protections for freedom of speech in the United States.

[1] “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief”

Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

About the Author: Ann Snyder serves as a Senior Fellow of The Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum.


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