Editor’s Note: Writer of this article is one James Kirchick, a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a contributing editor to the New Republic and to World Affairs Journal. UN and globalist enforcement of the ridiculous wedge issue known simply as ‘gay rights’ – is designed to balkanize society even further and create more internal political divisions, particularly in developed western nations. Supporters of UN power and global government should note that globalists care little about gay or human rights – they are only interested in social engineering and population control. If the UN or some other global government is allowed to override our local laws and sovereignty, then liberty and freedom at home will eventually be lost altogether.
It’s not about gay rights — it’s about human rights
March 7, 2012
For many, “gay rights” is associated with the debate over whether gay people should be allowed to marry, adopt children or serve openly in the military. But a discussion looming before the United Nations this week is far more basic: whether gays should enjoy the basic right to life.
On Wednesday the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva is to discuss the recommendations of a November report surveying the discrimination and abuse — often state-sponsored — that gay people endure around the world. The findings are chilling: Some 680 transgender people were murdered in 50 countries between 2008 and 2011; 76 countries classify homosexuality as a crime, and at least five of those apply the death penalty. Even those who disapprove of homosexuality on religious grounds are unlikely to object to the report’s anodyne recommendations: that governments should decriminalize homosexuality, work to prevent violence against gays and recognize sexual orientation as a valid cause for asylum.
But not everyone welcomes the report’s conclusions. The most vociferous opposition has come from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a group of 57 Muslim states. “We note with concern the attempts to create controversial ‘new notions’ or ‘new standards’ by misinterpreting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international treaties to include such notions that were never articulated or agreed to by the U.N. membership,” Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.N. office in Geneva, wrote to the president of the Human Rights Council on the Muslim organization’s behalf.
Akram referred to homosexuality as “personal behavior and preferences,” reducing the emotional identity of gays to the performance of sexual acts. This is not only offensive to the dignity of gays but also obscures the oppression faced by many, which often has nothing to do with sexual behavior. A bill before the Ugandan legislature, for instance, seeks to punish those who know gay individuals and do not report them to police.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:47 am