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“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever…” – Thomas Jefferson

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“My concern is not whether God is on our side. My greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln

Occasionally, in the course of my daily newspaper reading, a line jumps off the page, sends chills down my spine, and keeps me awake at night. A recent Associated Press article regarding the chaos currently spreading across the Middle East contained such a line.

Speaking of the United Nations, it read as follows: “Among the proposals is a call to impose an international law against promoting religious hatred.” It goes on to state that “many Muslim scholars and leaders have urged the U.N. or other international bodies to step in to help define possible global standards on religious expression.”

Finally, AP tells us that “Paul Bhatti, an advisor to the Pakistani prime minister, told a multi-faith crowd of Muslims, Christians and others outside the country’s parliament Sunday that international laws should be imposed to limit the most hateful fringes of Western free speech.”

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Still using a cheesy, fifteen-minute Internet video — which most of them have never seen — as their excuse for anti-American riots and murder, this so-called anti-blasphemy law is a deadly serious proposal put forth by religious fanatics to silence anyone who speaks against their repressive, autocratic dogma. And make no mistake; their primary target is the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights, contained within the Constitution of the United States of America.

Many Muslims have come to believe that their religion is denigrated in the United States, when exactly the opposite is true. Indeed, in movies, on television, in the mainstream media, and among our government bureaucrats, no set of religious tenets is handled more delicately than those of Islam.

Contrary to the myth that the attacks of September 11, 2001 caused a backlash against Muslims, America has instead prostrated itself before the Islamic world in an attempt to make them love us. We prosecute our own soldiers if they “mishandle” a Koran or otherwise “disrespect” Muslims. We provide prisoners of war — who have killed our soldiers on the battlefield — food and religious materials in accordance with their faith.

We have even elected a president who apologizes to our enemies when we are attacked, while rebuffing our only true ally in the region, Israel. It is not hard to imagine Barack Obama, in a second term, demanding that the United States Senate ratify a treaty containing just such anti-blasphemy language as is being proposed by the Islamic radicals who now rule the Middle East.

By the way, it is illegal in most of the Arab world to possess a Bible. So much for religious tolerance.

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