By bypassing a UN subsidiary committee and the committee’s desire to table recommendations of accrediting the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) this past Thursday, the Obama administration successfully rammed through the accreditation of the organization to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
The Obama administration has been IGLHRC’s main supporter in their quest of being added to the UN’s list of NGO’s, even though many member states within the committee have not received the required answers from the organization with the Egyptian representative being the most vocal of IGLHRC’s evasiveness and called for a procedural “no action” motion.
In response US ambassador, Rosemary DiCarlo, pushed for the accreditation arguing that the group be given status as it “fulfills all the criteria for ECOSOC and has answered all the questions posed.” Apparently Ms. DiCarlo doesn’t seem to understand the definition of the word “all” or is outright lying.
The main opposition to the IGLHRC is their endorsement of the “Yogyakarta Principles” document that calls for “sexual orientation and gender identity” to become a new category of nondiscrimination in the UN human rights treaties. The Yogyakarta Principles call for criminal penalties against those who criticize homosexuality or those who are confused by their natural gender.
The Egyptian representative expressed that all his government’s questions have not been answered and accused the IGLHRC with being evasive on questions of religious freedom and freedom of expression which are fundamental tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Charter.
Member states are expressing concern over clergy being charged with “hate speech.” When asked in June if the IGLHRC supported such charges against a religion that teaches that sexual relations outside of the bond of marriage between a man and a woman is wrong, the organization has refused to provide an answer.
Due to the insistence of Ms. DiCarlo and the bombardment of UN member states by lobbying campaigns of homosexual rights groups the resolution passed with 23 for, 13 against, 13 abstentions and 5 absences.
Christian pastors have been arrested and harassed in Europe and Canada recently and it looks as if this trend will continue on an international level with the IGLHRC having a hand in policy making within the UN.
May of this year in Wokington, Cumbria-UK Baptist pastor Dale McAlpine was arrested, by a homosexual police officer no less, for saying “homosexuality is a sin.”
June 2008 Red Deer, Alberta-Canada pastor Boissoin was ordered to desist from expressing his views on homosexuality in any sort of public forum and commanded to pay damages equivalent to $7,000 for writing a series of letters to a newspaper and criticizing the use of tax dollars to fund homosexual activism in 2002.
June 2007 Wichita, Kansas pastor Mark Holick was arrested near the entrance of Heritage Park where a Gay Pride event was about to take place. Within 5 minutes of arriving Pastor Holick was threatened with arrest if he did not leave and then immediately arrested when he refused to leave.
2003 in Kalmar, Sweden Pentecostal pastor Ake Green was arrested at his church for preaching on the subject of homosexual behavior and charged with hate speech and sentenced to a month in jail.
If the IGLHRC and the Obama administration have their way the free speech of those residing within the United States will be subject to termination and any who uphold a belief in morality will be silenced.