In this podcast, Clarion Project’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi warns that the same blasphemy riots like those against Asia Bibi in Pakistan recently are less than a generation away in America.
Qudosi connects the surge of violence against the acquittal by Pakistan’s Supreme Court of Bibi on charges of blasphemy with a recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling. The ECHR ruled that defamation of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed “goes beyond the permissible limits of freedom of expression” and is therefore not allowed.
Meanwhile, in America, blasphemy accusations are currently framed as “Islamophobia.” Qudosi believes this accusation is a cloaked way of legitimizing blasphemy laws in the West. She says that instead of looking at speech that triggers a behavior, we need to look at the psychological state of mind of those triggered.
She also challenges the myth that Islamophobia is a collective Muslim grievance, and urges lawmakers not to place their trust in Islamists who claim to represent all Muslims and “true” Islam.
Listen to Qudosi’s pocast: