It’s no longer news that President Obama’s vaunted outreach to Islam
has been a bust. Numerous polls over the past three years have shown
that after a brief flurry of enthusiasm, regard for the United States
among the world’s Muslims has declined precipitously. In some key
countries, dislike for America is even lower than it was at the end of
the administration of George W. Bush, whom liberal critics deemed culturally illiterate.
The State Department recently illustrated why reaching out has been such a failure. In mid-December, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participated in a three-day international conference called the Istanbul Process regarding the implementation of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Resolution 16/18, adopted in March. The resolution ostensibly seeks to
combat religious intolerance and was a U.S.-sponsored alternative to
language pushed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
that would have imposed global blasphemy laws against critics of Islam.
Resolution 16/18 calls on states to “foster religious freedom and
pluralism” and - in typical Obama administration apologetic style - stop
religious profiling, which purportedly is a widespread American vice.
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