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Written by: Diana West
Monday, November 19, 2012 8:38 AM 

This is a photograph of Anne Casper, the new US Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In the photograph, she is beaming about the 25,000th visa presented in Saudi Arabia in 2012 on October 21 (93.7 percent of Saudi visa applicants have been approved this year, according to the article in Prince Alwaleed's Arab News). The lucky visa-holder is a "Saudi businessman" heading for the US for meetings about a company which is described as  promoting "studying engineering sciences through after-school programs for young people."

How great is that?

One day earlier, Casper had been "received" by the OIC's SecGen Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, which is OIC-ese for "met with." Caspar and Ihsanoglu, the OIC declared, had a "useful and extensive exchange of views on issues of mutual interest" (read: Islamic interest), which, in this case, you can bet, was an exchange about outlawing defamation of Islam, or, as the release put it, "the ways and means to fight extremism and reach out to mass people to strengthen harmony and peaceful coexistence."

No wonder Casper ended up on the OIC guest list for an OIC event on November 19 called "a symposium on Defamation of Islam"!

Only then she wasn't. That is, after reading at the OIC site that Casper would be attending the November 19th, I have since learned her name was removed from the entry.

Sometime today, after Patrick Poole simply reposted the OIC announcement of the symposium, which noted Casper would be attending, the OIC erased Casper's name. Poole, however, made a screenshot, which you can see here.

Not only did the OIC remove Casper's name, the OIC changed the headline on the event from "a symposium on Defamation of Islam" to "Symposium on dimensions and perspectives of Islam-West coexistence on the back drop of anti-Islam acts."

Touchy, aren't they? After all, why would anyone get upset that the US government is lending credence to the Islamic world movement to outlaw defamation -- which includes all criticism and fact-exposure -- of Islam?

First Amendment? What First Amendment?

 

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