First Amendment needs to be universal and trump Islamic Sharia Law

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Any U.S. citizen who doesn’t appreciate their First Amendment rights needs to read a history book and tune into global news. Any notion that we have the monopoly on civilized morality in modern times is a myth. What we have today is organized law enforcement. This has greatly benefited society, but only does so when laws are just.

Moral progress has never been a straight line. Throughout history there have been victories and defeats. When it comes to going backwards, Islamic theocracies have built a time machine to the dark ages. Human rights have been violated, especially towards women.

The most recent example of this barbarism is in a part of Sudan where a woman named Mariam Yahya Ibrahim has been sentenced to death. So what horrible act did she do to deserve the ultimate punishment? She didn’t keep the religion of her father and married a Christian.

Amnesty International's Manar Idriss said, "The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent.”
"Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law."

Another recent example of gross violations of human rights in the name of Islam is in Saudi Arabia where blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and fines for “insulting Islam.”

The following are from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights established in 1948.
Article 18.
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.
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 20.
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Imagine if every human being on earth had these rights. Imagine how much suffering would be eased. Imagine how much human expression would be unleashed.

Right now all we can do is imagine and have a noble wish that all people unjustly oppressed and persecuted will be freed, and that the United States and the United Nations will provide the leadership and resolve in these areas that’s been sadly lacking.

-James Kirk Wall

Please donate to Amnesty International

Petition to the Government of Sudan against the execution of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim.

References:
Sudan Death Sentence for Pregnant Woman – Sky News
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi gets 10 year jail sentence – BBC NEWS
United Nations – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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