Open Doors Australia’s ‘Free to Believe’ campaign has been boosted by a letter from the Australian Government stating that our nation is planning to vote against a United Nations resolution which impacts on religious freedom.

In a letter dated October 29, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (representing Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd) states that it is planning to vote against the ‘defamation of religions resolution’, unless the text of the resolution is significantly improved. Please click here to read the letter.

Open Doors’ ‘Free to Believe’ campaign is aimed at preventing the General Assembly of the United Nations from passing the ‘Defamation of Religions Resolution’ in New York later this month.

Several years ago the Organisation of Islamic Conference, an organisation of 57 countries with significant Muslim populations, introduced the resolution in order to criminalise words or actions deemed to be against another religion, especially against Islam.

If passed, the resolution would give international legitimacy to national laws that punish blasphemy or otherwise ban criticism of a religion. This would have a significant impact on the religious freedom and freedom of speech for religious minorities in majority Muslim countries.

Please support the Free to Believe campaign by visiting this site and signing the online petition. To date around 8,000 people have signed the Australian petition but far more signatures are needed to have maximum impact.