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December 9, 2011

Obama, Clinton Elevate LGBT Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy

United States foreign policy will begin to include the protection and promotion of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons as part of its human rights efforts.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed all foreign assistance and diplomatic agencies to advance LGBT rights abroad. In a speech in Geneva later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

Together, Obama and Clinton made it clear that the U.S. government views the treatment of LGBT people as important as the treatment of women, children, ethnic minorities, and other peoples.

Religion, Clinton said, is not an acceptable justification for violence against LGBT persons. “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,” Clinton said. “It is because the human experience is universal that human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.”

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told the Christian Post, "I certainly don't believe homosexuals or anyone else should be flogged or put to death for their sexual sins. However, I don't believe homosexuals should receive special treatment over and above anyone else either. Secretary Clinton's remarks were more than likely a painless way for the Obama administration to placate the homosexual community in the U.S."

Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese praised both actions. “[Secretary Clinton] showed the power of American leadership that calls on the world to live up to the idea that all people are entitled to basic human rights and dignity,” Solmonese said. “Along with today’s memorandum by President Obama, it is clear that this administration will not turn its head when governments commit or allow abuses of the human rights of LGBT people.”

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry objected to the new directives. “President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake,” he said.

While the new policies send a signal to the LGBT community, there may be little impact to U.S. foreign policy. Both the presidential memorandum and the speech avoided issues such as same-sex marriage, adoption, or workplace protections, focusing instead on the criminalization and punishment of homosexuality. Those human rights violations that were listed included the execution, torture, and imprisonment of persons because of their sexuality. Most nations that criminalize homosexuality also violate the human rights of religious minorities, women, and others.

Under the new directives, the U.S. will provide asylum to LGBT persons and to respond to cases of human rights violations against LGBT persons.

The State Department will require a discussion of LGBT rights as part of annual reports on human rights, and the effort will include a $3 million fund to assist international organizations that promote LGBT rights.

Comments

"Special treatment," Richard Land? I remember hearing that accusation from conservative Evangelicals back when I was young, in the Fifties and Sixties. At least come up with something that doesn't remind me of them...if you can.

I feel that Clinton's comments do not promote the lifestyle as much as say that it should not be discriminated against. There will not be any special privileges given to homosexuals in this country. I am still confounded by the need of others to govern others actions that have no impact on the masses. What people do behind the closed doors of the bedroom should not be one of the most talked about issues in this country.

I disagree, because they want more than mere acceptance, they want to force their beliefs on our children in scbools, and so it is not something that is kept behind closed doors, as you say. In fact, there is talk of making it law that even Christian schools and homeschoolers should be forced by our government to teach that homosexuality is a "good" thing, when in fact, it is called an abomination by God.

I think it is a special privilege to have homosexual and transgender history forced upon students in California. Because California is such a large state, the textbooks they use will potentially be used throughout the United States. Perhaps some of us would like to see the history of our founding fathers and their Christian perspective taught in our schools, but that of course is not being done.

"Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americas."
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-14/us/california.lgbt.education_1_california-governor-signs-bill-gay-history-state-textbooks?_s=PM:US

This occurs at the same time as the current administration is closing the tiny office which supposedly monitored religious persecution.
Congratulations, libs, you've reached your goal.

So now the word "Gay" has become a propaganda of Democracy. Quite likely that the word Democracy came from a Crazy demon. As for Hillary talk of retiring from Politics, just her usual lie.

You are not alone. The same thing is taking place in Canada. The Provincial government has decided that teaching 4 and 5 years old whatever they wanted to know about sex and their bodies but were afraid to ask. We are not working on the "bullying" issue. And schools even the Catholics, will have to make space for "rainbow" clubs - "gay is the new the buzz word in word." Parents no longer have any say in their children's education. The "nice premier" expects them to use the word "gay" and he calls himself a "catholic" will also use the word "gay." Read: The Enemy Within by Michael Savage. We have to be careful with our words, because the "unelected human rights organization are able to hand out some hefty fines for "free speech." POLYGAMY is next on the books. Unfortunately, it was an accepted life style in the Bible. They call it their "religion."

Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.
After reading this story I now know why God wrote:
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

America's financial doomsday:
http://finance.moneyandmarkets.com/reports/SMR/4597/vsp-smr2-1-w.php?s=NMP&e=4501108

The US is over-Edomed:

In fact Edom is over-represented in Hollywood, Wall Street, US war-making foreign policy, the Supreme Court, the legal system generally, mainstream media-management, the universities and the radical feminist and pro-abortion and pro-gay movements. A century before the birth of Christ, a people utterly condemned by all the major prophets, the Edomites, were converted as a group to become 'Jews'. According to Josephus the early Jewish historian, 'They (Edom) were hereafter no other than Jews' (Antiquities, XIII ix 1; XV vii 9). Roth’s Concise Jewish Encyclopedia says ‘Hyrcanus forcibly converted [Edom]. From then on they were part of the Jewish people..’ (p 154). The Jewish Encyclopedia says 'Edom is in Jewry' (Volume5 p41). The evil Herods were Edomites. Jesus twice says ‘those who say they are Jews and are not’ are a ‘synagogue of Satan’ (Rev2:9, 3:9); ‘Because you are not sheep of my flock you do not believe’ (Jn10:24-27). True Israel is hidden within the true Church (Jn14:21 Mt7:14).

According to the book “Jesus in the Talmud” published by Princeton University Press, written by Peter Schaefer who heads up Princeton's Judaic studies program, the Jewish Talmud speaks of Jesus being “punished in Hell for eternity by being made to sit in a cauldron of boiling excrement”..


The Bible itself describes how the Creator of the Universe will respond to this Insult above all Insults, in Isaiah 63:1-6 ‘Who is this who comes from Edom with garments spattered (with blood)’, “I have trodden the winepress.. their blood spattered my garments..”. Marginal references link this with Rev 19:11-16: ‘Behold a white horse.. the one sitting on it.. is clothed in a garment dipped in blood.. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of the Almighty. On His robe.. he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Christ Himself will destroy Edom. Obadiah verse 4: ‘Though you soar like the eagle and set your nest among the stars [referring to Edom’s power at the end of the age - see the US President's official crest with occult, non-biblical, so-called 'Star of David' formed with stars], I will bring you down from there, says the Lord.’ 'There shall be no survivor from the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken' (verse 18). If you study the subject of ‘Babylon’ (Revelation 17 and 18, Isaiah 47, Jeremiah 50 and 51), it clearly refers to the sordid, rotten, sick, corrupt anti-Christian money-power so visible today, manipulating politicians and controlling the media. Edom is linked to this Babylon (compare Isaiah 34:5-15 and Isaiah 13:19-22 with Revelation 19:3).


The aim of the evil Edomite-Jewish "Anti Defamation League" is to establish the federal government as the pro-homosexual educator and punisher of Christian opponents of homosexuality at every level, even of public schooling. They are fighting for federal endorsement of adolescent homosexuality as a legitimate, normal alternative, to flood government-sponsored educational programs into public schools to promote homosexual self-esteem. Its encouragement of homosexuality on the grade school level will destroy young consciences even before they have been formed. Indeed, the ADL will gain more ground in their attempt to sodomize America..

This is how Sec. of State Clinton defined violations of Gay rights in her speech:

- When a person is beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave.
- When governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished.
- When lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments.
- When people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives.
- When lifesaving care is withheld from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay.

I don't know how ANYONE could object that this.

Chuck, meet Richard Land. And the others who equate not being persecuted, beaten, discriminated against or torture or killed with 'special rights'.

It is puzzeling that a policy to stop the abuse, bullying, mistreatment and in some cases killing of a particular group of people is railed against by others who profess to be "loving, highly moral" people of faith. Of course, they support their belief that such a policy is wrong by quotes from the bible. The bible is interpreted literally concerning the LGBT population. However, there are many directives in the bible that if literally applied to our lives now would diminsh many freedoms especially for women. Picking and choosing bible verses out of the context of the culture in which it was written to justify discrimination is neither moral or christian.

Moreover, I find it curious that those who are intolerent of gay relationships (notice the word relationship) focus on "sex", think about sex, talk about the sexual aspect of the "relationship". Gay people love and have relationships with those of the same gender. When referring to straight relation-
ships are we only talking and thinking about the sex. There are many aspects of a loving relationship. In essence, the LGBT issue
is about being free to love, to be in relationship,
without persecution. The expansion of human rights
is going to continue to progress in the world because it is a moral and Godly advancement.

Please, let's stop playing games. Our nation is on the brink. America is in deep trouble.

If you vote for Barack Obama in 2012, you ARE voting for legalized gay marriage. Period. Finito. He has already promised to do it. It may already be too late.

American Christians messed up big-time, by voting for Obama in 2008. Repeat that mistake in 2012, and there will be NO second chances for this nation!!!!!

DEAR DOC ANTHONY:

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and not only will I vote for him again next year, but I've already contributed money to his campaign. My hope is that Republicans will be more willing to work with him during his 2nd term in office, rather than sucking up to Rush Limbaugh's demands that Obama fail at everything he tries to do to make this country better.

But as far as marriage equality for Gay couples is concerned, I don't think President Obama can really do that by himself. It's going to be up to the Supreme Court, once they muster the courage to address the issue. And I'm confident that the Justices will determine that there is no Constitutional reason why law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples should be denied the same legal benefits and protections that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

Everyone plays the victim card when they want the upper hand. The question is: just how much physical persecution is there: and how should we address it? And by the way, how are the same people who stand up for Gays & co... standing up for religious freedoms in the middle east & China? Are they just as against Christians being persecuted, as gays being physically threatenned? Gays are frequently USED as political pawns, as sledge hammers in the war against Christianity. I guess that treatment has gone global. Now we are going to be (probably) monitoring our fellow christians when they criticize homosexuality. Maybe we can cut off their funding, or just pound them into the dirt somehow, for saying anything against a practice that we dare not describe. (Or are we being fair about it, and saying a physical crime is a physical crime: and nobody should endure physical punishment for what they believe or do in private to themselves?)

Am I supposed to "celebrate" how we are recognizing ACTIVITY is being endorsed? Activity that we cannot even describe? Yes, people are human. Protect them on THAT basis. We don't need to endorse a gross, and naturally deviant behavior. Homosexuality is an emotional disorder. Should we also include Alcoholics Anonymous, or Schizophrenics, or people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder...as a seperate people group worthy of protection?? Why are we carving up ourselves along the lines of sexual "orientation" now? For the sake of human rights? I think not. Protect them on the basis of their humanity, then. Nope. Not good enough. They must be protected because they are homosexual, not just because they are human. If you harm a human being unjustly, you should be punished. But now, if they determine that you did it (in your mind) against Homosexuality...the punishment will be stiffer! This will lead to attempts to read people's minds - and legislate what people can & cannot be allowed to believe and say in the public square. This action will lead to threats against free speech.