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Where Are the Muslim Moderates? 11-4-11

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Published on Dec 1, 2011

**During the recording of this event, we experienced issues with the sound system. We apologize for the sound quality of this video.**

The 1989 fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the deadly 2006 Danish cartoon riots brought worldwide attention to the issue of Muslim blasphemy bans. Though these events made global headlines, they are only one aspect of the debate about blasphemy bans in recent times. Charges such as "blasphemy," "apostasy," or "insulting Islam" are no longer limited to censoring irreverent caricatures of Islam's prophet, Mohammed. Some maintain that: they are increasingly used as tools by authoritarian governments and others to influence behavior and acquire power.

The West is also now experiencing a move toward new blasphemy standards through bans on "hate speech," "the stereotyping of Islam," and charges of "Islamophobia." The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) within the United Nations and in the European Union has been a visible proponent of hate speech restrictions and other measures. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the U.S. government will sponsor a conference with the OIC on how to implement a U.N. resolution combating "negative stereotyping" of Islam, the focus of a recent U.N. resolution. The OIC conference is expected to take place in December in Washington, DC.

Our conference speakers will address the prevalence of trends concerning hate speech and blasphemy laws, and whether they pose a serious threat to the freedoms of citizens of the West, including Muslims, as well as people in OIC member states. This keynote address by former member of the Danish Parliament Naser Khader on "Where Are the Muslim Moderates?" was followed by commentary from Ms. Manda Zand Ervin of the Alliance of Iranian Women and the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. Mr. David B. Rivkin Jr. of Baker & Hostetler LLP chaired this event.

Keynote Address and Commentary: Where Are the Muslim Moderates?
12:45 p.m. -- 2:15 p.m.

--Ms. Manda Zand Ervin, Founder & President, Alliance of Iranian Women and Member, American Islamic Leadership Coalition
--Hon. Naser Khader, former Member, Danish Parliament
--Chaired by David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

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