From the nation of Qatar – a supposed U.S. ‘ally’ – a group headed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader and extreme bigot, Yusuf al-Qaradawi is petitioning the United Nations to criminalize anti-Islamic speech, despite an outstanding warrant for his arrest by Interpol, as Shoebat.com reported. This desire on the part of al-Qaradawi to criminalize speech internationally once again shows just how much he is in solidarity with the government of Turkey. Shoebat.com reported on this last August, when al-Qaradawi traveled to Turkey to express solidarity with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and to call for a Caliphate to be based there.
According to a report from the AFP:
A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but “not to resort to any violence”.
The latest cartoon of the prophet in Charlie Hebdo has angered many Muslims and triggered protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
In a statement released Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for “prophets” and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed.
The union said the UN should then issue a “law criminalising contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites”.
It also called for the West “to protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors”.
This serves as another in a long line of examples that demonstrate precisely why the U.S. should not consider Qatar an ally or Turkey as a NATO partner. That al-Qaradawi is allowed to operate freely inside Qatar – as is the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal – shows that Qatar supports suppressing speech all around the world that it deems offensive to Islam.
Al-Qaradawi’s deputy Abdallah bin Bayyah has been linked to the Obama administration, visiting the White House at least twice and attending multiple forums co-sponsored by a prominent U.S. think tank. During a 2014 speech to the United Nations, Barack Obama praised bin Bayyah, as Shoebat.com reported.
As for the U.S., its hands are tied. As Shoebat.com has reported, an annual event co-sponsored by the Brookings Institute and the nation of Qatar known as the U.S.-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF) has been taking place since 2004. A real statement of opposition to al-Qaradawi’s call for an assault on freedom of speech would be for the U.S. to identify Qatar as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, thereby banning future such forums.
It isn’t just think tanks like Brookings that have gotten into bed with Qatar, a nation that harbors al-Qaradawi. Presidential administrations to include Clinton, Bush and Obama have as well. As Shoebat.com reported, in 2007, 9/11 Commission Executive Director and Republican Philip Zelikow shared a stage with al-Qaradawi. In 2012, Barack Obama’s future Chief of Staff Denis McDonough embraced al-Qaradawi’s deputy, Abdallah bin Bayyah. This was revealed in a Shoebat.com exclusive.