Thursday, 21 February 2013

[IRD] The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Combating Defamation of Religion or Free Speech Infringement?

Event Advisory: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Combating Defamation of Religion or Free Speech Infringement? Why Christians Should be Concerned

February 19, 2013
Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell

What: Lunch and Briefing on The Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Who: Deborah Weiss, Contributing author of Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network
Where: Institute on Religion and Democracy, 1023 15th Street, NW, Suite 601 Washington, DC 20005
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 Noon – 2 p.m.
RSVP: fmcdonnell@TheIRD.org or 202-682-4131, Lunch will be served

Washington, DC— The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the largest voting bloc in the United Nations, yet most people have never heard of it. Year after year, the OIC proposes and passes U.N. Resolutions to “combat defamation of religions.” Some Christian organizations have realized the implications that this had for persecuted religious minorities in the OIC countries. In 2011, when the OIC changed the language in the resolution, many organizations thought the problem was solved and stopped following the issue.

• What constitutes “defamation of religions”?
• What is the OIC’s real mission?
• Now that the language in the resolution has been changed, is the problem resolved?

Deborah Weiss will explain what has been transpiring with the “defamation of religions” concept, how the United States government has been implementing OIC ideas, and why there is still cause for concern.

Weiss currently works for “Vigilance”, an organization dedicated to educating the public on terrorism-related issues. She previously served as a Counsel for the Committee on House Oversight in Congress, and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Giuliani administration. Ms. Weiss is considered an expert in the Defamation of Religions resolutions and is a contributing author of Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). She is a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine, The Washington Times, and has written for numerous other publications as well. Ms. Weiss is a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City.