The most idiotic thing I've read this year (yes, it's about religion)

It's happened. I warned you.

The U.N. in its infinite wisdom has decided to afford special 'human rights' to the followers of religions. According to the non-binding resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council:

Defamation of religion is a serious affront to human dignity leading to a restriction on the freedom of their adherents and incitement to religious violence

Religious violence? They're worried that the atheists, with their mighty rhetoric will rise up and start killing Christians? Really?

Perhaps they should look at the real cause of mass violence throughout the ages: religion itself. From Belfast to Bethlehem and Beirut, the motivation has been the same: kill the guy with the wrong invisible friend.

The people who will seek shelter with this new 'right' are exactly the same people who call for the beheading of heathens and apostates. I believe the U.N. should scrap this nonsense and table a new resolution specifically to protect those who criticise religion.

There is no such thing as a Christian child, or a Jewish child. You may be born black, homosexual, or disabled, and these certainly are deserving of equal protection under the law, but you choose your religion. It's just a club like any other with its rules and made up games. But unlike the snooker club, you are forbidden to point out its flaws.

It is your inalienable human right to believe fervently in whatever egregious twaddle you like; but it should be your expectation that someone else will ask you to substantiate your claims. And if you can't? Then you're a laughing stock–end of discussion.

See the full report on Reuters.

As usual, Christopher Hitchens speaking on similar legislation in Canada had the best take on all this.

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