NEW YORK — As anti-American protests continue in Islamic nations against a U.S.-made film that mocks the Muslim prophet, the leader of the world’s largest Islamic organization met with United Nations leaders this week to condemn violence over the film and call for a ban on insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
“Freedom of speech is one thing, but usage of your freedom should not be to offend others or advocate hate speech or provoke people to violence,” Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said an interview with The Huffington Post.
“The right of demonstration should not be used to kill people or to put fire to buildings or to offend others by burning flags,” said Ihsanoglu, who is from Turkey. “So we should not abuse the freedom of demonstration and we should not abuse the freedom of others.”
“We Muslims, we never insult Christians, Jesus Christ, Moses … nobody in our countries produces films mocking Jesus or Moses,”