Skip to comments.Promotion of gay rights worldwide is a US foreign policy priority, says Clinton
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 whove 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 womens 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.
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?”
No Hillary, they are not the same thing and never will be.
You’ve just waged war against the founders of this country.
Syria is a haven for millions of Christian fleeing Islamified Iraq. So this administration has targeted the secular regime of Syria for Islamification.
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!
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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????
Going from bad to worse to hell in a handbasket.
Tell it to the bloody muzzies.
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.
Hey Hillary the Ankle,
Go to Saudi Arabia without bodyguards and try it!
This nightmare cannot end soon enough.
Another day, another insult to morality and decency.
They’re Christians, silly. They don’t count just like Israelis don’t count. /sarc
And the GOP and all their pathetic candidates are more than content to go along with it.
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 ?
Orders from the power-that-be at the GOP establishment,other interests at heart,cowardice, are just some of the possible “reasons”.
The sooner that conservatives and Republicans figure this out, the better off we will be.
Oh! That was only OUR side that was supposed to stand down?
Isn't that a SURRENDER rather than a truce?
I WISH I knew lj, it is shameful, both what is coming out of the current admin, and both parties.
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.
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".
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.