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Promotion of gay rights worldwide is a US foreign policy priority, says Clinton
Catholic Culture ^ | December 9, 2011

Posted on 12/09/2011 3:43:55 PM PST by NYer

“Gay rights and human rights” are “one and the same,” US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared in an address delivered at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same,” she told the assembled diplomats. “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

After citing instances of violence against homosexuals, Clinton said that

perhaps [the] most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT [lesbian gay bisexual transgendered] citizens. This is not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation …

Of course, it bears noting that rarely are cultural and religious traditions and teachings actually in conflict with the protection of human rights. Indeed, our religion and our culture are sources of compassion and inspiration toward our fellow human beings. It was not only those who’ve justified slavery who leaned on religion, it was also those who sought to abolish it. And let us keep in mind that our commitments to protect the freedom of religion and to defend the dignity of LGBT people emanate from a common source. For many of us, religious belief and practice is a vital source of meaning and identity, and fundamental to who we are as people. And likewise, for most of us, the bonds of love and family that we forge are also vital sources of meaning and identity. And caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human. It is because the human experience is universal that human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.

“Universal human rights include freedom of expression and freedom of belief, even if our words or beliefs denigrate the humanity of others,” Clinton added. “Yet, while we are each free to believe whatever we choose, we cannot do whatever we choose, not in a world where we protect the human rights of all.”

“Progress comes from changes in laws,” she continued. “In many places, including my own country, legal protections have preceded, not followed, broader recognition of rights. Laws have a teaching effect … And practically speaking, it is often the case that laws must change before fears about change dissipate.”

Emphasizing importance the Obama administration places upon the promotion of gay rights, Clinton said that

The Obama Administration defends the human rights of LGBT people as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy … This morning, back in Washington, President Obama put into place the first US Government strategy dedicated to combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad. Building on efforts already underway at the State Department and across the government, the President has directed all US Government agencies engaged overseas to combat the criminalization of LGBT status …

I am also pleased to announce that we are launching a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world. This fund will help them record facts so they can target their advocacy, learn how to use the law as a tool, manage their budgets, train their staffs, and forge partnerships with women’s organizations and other human rights groups. We have committed more than $3 million to start this fund, and we have hope that others will join us in supporting it.

Clinton made her remarks on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

“Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family,” the UDHR declared. “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: analsexadvocacy; clinton; fecalsexadvocacy; hitlery; hitleryclinton; hitleryrottenclinton; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homosexual; homosexualagenda; sodomy

1 posted on 12/09/2011 3:43:59 PM PST by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


2 posted on 12/09/2011 3:44:49 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Has anyone from this administration said anything yet about the systemic murder of Christians in the Middle East or are “Christian rights” NOT “human rights?”


3 posted on 12/09/2011 3:48:24 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: NYer
No Billary, it's not.
4 posted on 12/09/2011 3:49:45 PM PST by liberalh8ter
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To: NYer

No Hillary, they are not the same thing and never will be.

You’ve just waged war against the founders of this country.


5 posted on 12/09/2011 3:51:23 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Right Cal Gal
Has anyone from this administration said anything yet about the systemic murder of Christians in the Middle East

Syria is a haven for millions of Christian fleeing Islamified Iraq. So this administration has targeted the secular regime of Syria for Islamification.

6 posted on 12/09/2011 3:56:05 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: NYer

Oh..golly, I bet the Mooslim countries can’t wait to hop on board the PC Train!!!

Bashir Assayd, please pick up the White Courtesy Phone!


7 posted on 12/09/2011 3:56:07 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: NYer; AFA-Michigan; Abathar; Absolutely Nobama; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; Antoninus; BabaOreally; ..
Homosexual Agenda Ping

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It's gone from bad to worse to diving into the inferno. Anyone on FR who claims there is no homo agenda, or it doesn't hurt him, or he's not aware of one, etc - this means such a person is lying and is on board with pushing mentally ill sex perversion all over the world. Oh, and anyone who says (and I've seen comments like this) that Hitlery although bad would be better than 0h0m0 - wrong. She's just as bad, maybe 99% as bad. What I want to know is (and sorry for shouting):

WHY ARE NO REPUBS SAYING ONE WORD????? ARE THEY ALL BOARD THE SODOMY TRAIN TO HELL TOO????

8 posted on 12/09/2011 4:03:03 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: NYer

Going from bad to worse to hell in a handbasket.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 4:05:31 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: NYer
Well when you are a complete utter failure in foreign policy and no country gives a damn about you anymore I guess you have to glaum onto some issue to seem relevant
10 posted on 12/09/2011 4:30:09 PM PST by uncbob
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To: NYer

Tell it to the bloody muzzies.


11 posted on 12/09/2011 4:32:25 PM PST by Scanian
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To: NYer

Homosexuality a foreign policy PRIORITY?? Not for the typical American.

This administration seems to be scurrying about like rats on a sinking ship trying to poop wherever possible before their demise.

God protect us.


12 posted on 12/09/2011 4:57:23 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: NYer

Hey Hillary the Ankle,

Go to Saudi Arabia without bodyguards and try it!

PLEEEEEEEESE


13 posted on 12/09/2011 5:57:24 PM PST by BOOHA
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To: NYer

This nightmare cannot end soon enough.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 6:01:03 PM PST by madmaximus (Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck 2012 Yes we can!!!)
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To: madmaximus; little jeremiah

Another day, another insult to morality and decency.


15 posted on 12/09/2011 6:13:36 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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To: Right Cal Gal

They’re Christians, silly. They don’t count just like Israelis don’t count. /sarc


16 posted on 12/09/2011 6:15:02 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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To: Absolutely Nobama

And the GOP and all their pathetic candidates are more than content to go along with it.


17 posted on 12/09/2011 6:31:22 PM PST by madmaximus (Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck 2012 Yes we can!!!)
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To: madmaximus

I just don’t understand why our candidates don’t just come out and blast this nonsense. After all, the media hates them anyway. What harm could it do to their campaigns ?


18 posted on 12/09/2011 6:45:01 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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To: Absolutely Nobama

Orders from the power-that-be at the GOP establishment,other interests at heart,cowardice, are just some of the possible “reasons”.


19 posted on 12/09/2011 7:03:17 PM PST by madmaximus (Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck 2012 Yes we can!!!)
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To: NYer
"Gay Rights" is just code for Homo-fascism.

The sooner that conservatives and Republicans figure this out, the better off we will be.

20 posted on 12/09/2011 7:24:25 PM PST by fwdude
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To: NYer
Wait! Didn't this administration get the memo that we were all supposed to call a truce on social issues????

Oh! That was only OUR side that was supposed to stand down?

Isn't that a SURRENDER rather than a truce?

21 posted on 12/09/2011 8:20:57 PM PST by massmike (Massachusetts:Stopped hanging witches;started electing Kennedys.Coincidence?)
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To: little jeremiah

I WISH I knew lj, it is shameful, both what is coming out of the current admin, and both parties.


22 posted on 12/09/2011 8:29:52 PM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: gidget7

My only solace is knowing that it can get only so bad, and then things will change. Problem is, “so bad” is probably a lot worse than it is right now.

I pray to God daily to help this world in whatever way He sees fit.


23 posted on 12/09/2011 8:45:13 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: NYer
After citing instances of violence

That is the pro-gay weapon of choice, and it's working for them.

By claiming that gays are victims of violence they are getting pro-gay curriculum more and more entrenched in schools under the title "anti-bullying".

24 posted on 12/10/2011 9:07:30 AM PST by DNA.2012
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To: NYer

Clinton should be aware that there are many other countries who are completely nauseated by such a policy priority. My brother was in Iraq when the State Department had a gay pride event at the embassy. What a bad idea, what an insult, in a place that has very real problems and issues, to be trotting out an obscure, fake set of victims to be sorry for. Absolutely tone deaf.


25 posted on 12/10/2011 10:58:41 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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