I give up - why are we still members of the United Nations?
The U.N.'s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism.Muslim nations have argued that religions, in particular Islam, must be shielded from criticism in the media and other areas of public life. They cited cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as an example of unacceptable free speech."Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism," the resolution said.Opponents of the resolution included Canada, all European Union countries, Switzerland, Ukraine and Chile."It is individuals who have rights and not religions," Canadian diplomat Terry Cormier said.The United States did not vote on the resolution because it is not a member of the council. The Bush administration announced it was virtually giving up on the body and would participate in debates only if absolutely necessary because of the Geneva body's anti-Israel statements and its failure to act on abuses in Sudan and elsewhere.