Conservatives Expect U.N. Battle Over Homosexuality as a ‘Human Right’ to Begin in '09
The European nation tried but failed to get the U.N. to approve a non-binding resolution decriminalizing homosexuality worldwide. The United States refused to sign onto the measure, the only Western power to do so.
"It's disappointing," said Rama Yade, France's human rights minister, of the U.S. position.
But former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer told CNSNews.com that he is very glad the U.S. held firm.
“The United Nations really has no business in telling anybody how they ought to deal with homosexual conduct,” Bauer, president of American Values, told CNSNews.com.
France, which heads the European Union (EU) until the end of the year, garnered support from only 66 of the U.N.'s 192 member countries. But all of the EU countries voted for the resolution.
Conservative U.N. analyst Thomas Jacobson said he expects France will try again soon.
“I would fully expect that France and the European Union will push for ‘LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) rights’ and ‘gender-identity rights’ and collaborate heavily with the Obama administration, beginning in the first quarter of 2009,” Jacobson, who works for the conservative Focus on the Family, told CNSNews.com
He said France was “greatly emboldened” by the U.S. election of Barack Obama as president. adding, "They know they are going to have a partner to work with at the U.N.”.
Obama, Jacobson said, has been very clear in his support of the homosexual activist agenda -- but has been selective about where he discusses his support.
As a candidate, for instance, Obama told members of the Alice B. Toklas Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club that he would work to overturn laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman.
“As soon as the Obama administration has all of its people in place, this will be one of their primary initiatives. You can bet that they have taken great note of what France was doing,” Jacobson added.
Jacobson said that, ironically, the French and British – and other industrialized European nations – are busy promoting a new form of “imperialism” – a cultural imperialism to force a radical pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda on the world.
“This is a form of imperialism that is coming out of a very liberal mindset in Europe – and increasingly in the U.S -- to force smaller, less powerful countries to conform to their will in their internal policies in matters of sexuality," he said.
More than 70 U.N. members currently outlaw homosexuality -- many of them Islamic nations.
“What’s really going to make the huge difference is if the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) countries and the other developing countries, especially from Africa – and we would hope from Latin America -- will stand their moral ground against this,” Jacobson added.
Bauer, meanwhile, said the struggle that is coming at the United Nations is a sign of the times: countries who owe their entire existence to Western civilization and to Judeo-Christian values are working to undermine it.
“Some of these countries seem to think that the best thing they can contribute to the world – especially world health – is to undermine the teachings of Judeo-Christian civilization, and attempt to pressure other countries to go down the same road they are going down,” he said.
Homosexuality is not a human right, Bauer said.
“The notion that this is somehow an area that is comparable -- or in any way can be compared to -- religious liberty or the freedom of speech or the right to assemble, or the he right to vote, is just absurd,” he added.
Bauer said it is ironic that the United Nations is spending its time on homosexuality, while real persecutions are taking place.