Saudi Arabia, UN, Tom Gjelten discussed on Morning Edition

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Standards much for people's. That was the controversial part. The idea that these rights should apply across cultures and religious traditions. Saudi Arabia was uncomfortable with an article endorsing ones right to change religions. A move some Muslim theologian see as unacceptable under Islam. To support the UN version of human rights in some Muslim countries. For many years was to ask for trouble, the common discourse, I heard was I I was somehow, you know. It's like an agent for western colonialism us Medine herself, a Muslim advocates for human rights and religious freedom in places like Pakistan where non Muslims can be criminally prosecuted for blaspheming the prophet Muhammad. She says scholars there have effectively argued that the understanding of human rights in Islam is generally consistent with western notions. Even where blasphemy is concerned the work is as fundamental is just going back to the traditional Islamic tax. That were cited in the blossoming laws us support for punishments for blasphemy and saying, hey, if you go back to the tax it actually says something quite different. That's now the prevailing argument of those defending the Universal Declaration Princeton. Professor, Robert, George is a former chairman of the US commission on international religious freedom. It is a defamation of Islam to suppose that it cannot embrace a concept of human dignity like we have in the declaration. Or that? It must reject the core rights articulated in the text, and I would say the same is true of the great traditions and Buddhism of Hinduism, and so forth, seventy years after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of human rights may finally be getting the attention it warrants. Tom gjelten NPR news..

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