Pres. Obama to World: Homosexuality Is Not a Crime

Obama commits the United States to become a full participant in the twenty-first century…. Via Steve Benen:

The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration will sign a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that President George W. Bush had refused to endorse.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the French sponsors of the declaration that the administration wants to be added as a supporter of the declaration. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only Western government that refused to sign.

The officials said the administration had decided to sign the declaration to demonstrate that the United States supports human rights for all around the world.

Donald Douglas has some inspiring words on the occasion (emphasis in original).

Get a load of this: “In a First, Gay Rights Are Pressed at the U.N.
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Anyone familiar with the workings of the U.N. recognizes that the protection of “rights” at that organization is nothing less than a despicable farce. The real purpose of this declaration is revealed further down in the piece:

Ms. Yade [the French state secretary for human rights] and the Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, said at a news conference that they were “disappointed” that the United States failed to support the declaration. Human rights activists went further. “The Bush administration is trying to come up with Christmas presents for the religious right so it will be remembered,” said Scott Long, a director at Human Rights Watch.

There you have it. Gay rights activists hope to use this U.N. declaration as another wedge to break down traditional values and resitance [sic] to gay marriage rights in the U.S. federal system.
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The left’s radical gay agenda is all coming together, as I’ve noted previously (see, “Radicalism Key to Left’s Agenda Under Obama“). The radical gay rights lobby is up in arms over Obama’s sensitivity to the moderate middle of the American electorate. But they also know that Obama has pledged to restore American trust in and reliance on international institutions. So, by going to the U.N. and raising a big public relations battle on the issue, the episode represents a chance for homosexual activists to “multilateralize” the push for gay marriage rights, providing one more avenue for activists to intimidate cultural traditionalists.

Meanwhile, criminal states like Iran, which has been identified as among the leading violators of human rights by the U.S. State Department, get a blind eye from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

If this new declaration at the U.N. is to have any legitimacy, U.S. gay rights groups and Western NGOs should be protesting the refusal of a majority of the members [sic] states of the U.N. General Assemby [sic], who refused to endorse the resolution, rather than the U.S., where gay Americans enjoy unpredented [sic] rights and liberties under American constitutional law.

Ummm…. hmmm…. uh…. I mean….

Huh?

I’m sending out a call to blogtopia: If anyone, left right or center, can tell me how Mr. Douglas gets this meaning:

Gay rights activists hope to use this U.N. declaration as another wedge to break down traditional values and resitance [sic] to gay marriage rights in the U.S. federal system.

out of this quote:

Ms. Yade [the French state secretary for human rights] and the Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, said at a news conference that they were “disappointed” that the United States failed to support the declaration. Human rights activists went further. “The Bush administration is trying to come up with Christmas presents for the religious right so it will be remembered,” said Scott Long, a director at Human Rights Watch.

I would be grateful for any illumination you can provide.

I do understand what he’s trying to say in the last paragraph, though, when he writes that “… gay Americans enjoy” unprecedented “rights and liberties under American constitutional law.” The word “unprecedented” is key, in that it means “never before has this ever happened.” In other words, gay Americans are treated a heck of a lot better in the United States than they are in Iran, or than they were in the Middle Ages, or at any other time or in any other place, for that matter. That is to say, they are not, in this country, flogged in the public square, or beheaded, or mutilated and thrown into a pit to be torn apart by wild animals. They should be grateful.

I mean… Americans are only human, like everyone else. Sometimes we do mess up. But that doesn’t happen very often.

So gay Americans can’t marry, or visit their life partner in the hospital, or get custody of their children if they were married to someone of the opposite sex before they decided they wanted to be gay. So they can’t serve in the military unless they are willing to lie about being gay, and hide who they are. So they can’t adopt, or be in the Boy Scouts, or teach impressionable young children, or hold hands or kiss in public, outside of designated safe areas. So they have to live apart from their life partners if one partner is not a U.S. citizen.  So what? “Unprecedented” rights does not mean ALL rights, for gosh sakes.

What more do they want, already?

Cross-posted at Liberty Street.

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