Salman Rusdhie Talks About Freedom Of Expression And ‘Honour Crime’ And About The Appeasement Of Cultural Relativism

By • on July 25, 2009


The following clip discusses freedom of expression and Muslim demands not to be offended in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It refers to apparent contractions’ within the UDHR with regard to freedom of expression and honour:

Article 19. 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.

Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

It would appear that freedom of expression article is the one that is being watered down even though the article about honour is an individual right which gives no mention to group honour.

The clip goes on to discuss ‘honour-crime’. A question that people might like to considered: If honour trumps freedom of expression then what other provisions of the UDHR does it trump. Would a rump UDHR be especially about honour and therefore nothing more than an internatioanl heresy law to protect Islam in particular against ‘blasphemy’.

For more on the UDHR click HERE and make up your own mind about whether the UN should be dealing with violations of other articles instead of dismatling the article on free expression.


Mr Rusdhie discusses cultural relativism and the apeasement of Isalm in the next clip.  This has enourmous implications for freedom of expression and of freedom in general.


Discussion about this in the Counter Jihad Blogosphere: Tundra Tabloids