Egyptian President Warns World: ‘We Will Not Allow’ Insults to Islam

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the UN (Photo; Reuters)

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In his speech to the United Nations on Wednesday,  Egypt’s President  Mohamed  Morsi condemned “insults hurled on the prophet  of Islam,  Mohammed,” and said  the United Nations must do something  about it.

“We reject this. We cannot accept it,” he said, speaking of insults   to  Islam. “And we will be the opponents of those who do this. We will   not allow anyone to do this by word or deed.”

The warning that “We will not allow anyone to do this” was spoken   through a translator and did not appear in the prepared  text of Morsi’s  speech.

Mentioning “an organized campaign against Islamic sanctities,” Morsi   said  the U.N. has a “main responsibility” in addressing Islamophobia,   which “is  starting to have implications that clearly affect   international peace and  security.”

“We all have to work together,” Morsi said. “We must join hands in    confronting these regressive ideas that hinder cooperation among us. We   must  move together to confront extremism and discrimination and   incitement to  hatred on the basis of religion or race.”

Moments later, Morsi addressed freedom of expression, saying it has  limits:

“Egypt respects freedom of expression — freedom of expression that   is not  used to incite hatred against anyone, not a freedom of expression   that targets  a specific religion or a specific culture; a freedom of   expression that  tackles extremism and violence, not the freedom of   expression that deepens  ignorance and disregards others.

“We also, as we have said before and reaffirmed before, we also stand    firmly against the use of violence in expressing objection to these    obscenities.”

While Morsi did not call for a global ban on blasphemy in his speech to the  U.N., other Muslim leaders have done so.

As  reported,   the leaders of the world’s two most populous Muslim countries  used   their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to call   for a legally-binding, global anti-blasphemy protocol.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Pakistan   counterpart,  Asif Ali Zardari, both argued that insults against   Mohammed, Islam’s prophet,  incite violence and are not legitimate free   speech.

For an in depth analysis of the entire Morsi speech see Ryan Mauro’s article, “Morsi Blasts UN With Brotherhood Agenda” at

Also see Robert Spencer’s  Ahmadinejad and Morsi lay out the Islamic agenda (