A Global Deformity Defined

(HT:  Melanie Phillips)  Alas and forsooth, many progressives persist in the delusion that the Untied Nutcases, I mean, the United Nations, serves humanity as an authoritative arbiter of “human rights” and global justice.  If this is true, then the following falls under “human rights” and global justice (emphasis added):

Last week, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted on a special resolution addressing extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions. The resolution affirms the duties of member countries to protect the right to life of all people with a special emphasis on a call to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. The resolution highlights particular groups historically subject to executions including street children, human rights defenders, members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minority communities, and, for the past 10 years, the resolution has included sexual orientation as a basis on which some are targeted for death.

The tiny West African nation of Benin (on behalf of the UN’s African Group) proposed an amendment to strike sexual minorities from the resolution. The amendment was adopted with 79 votes in favor, 70 against, 17 abstentions and 26 absent.

A collection of notorious human rights violators voted for the amendment including Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, North Korea, Iran (didn’t Ahmadinejad tell the world there were no gays in Iran?), Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Add to this Bahamas, Belize (where you get 10 years for being gay), Jamaica (10 years of hard labor), Grenada (10 years), Guyana (life sentence), Saint Kitts and Nevis (10 years), Saint Lucia (10 years), Saint Vincent (10 years), South Africa (Apartheid? What apartheid?), and Morocco (ruled by a gay monarch!). They are all on the list of nations that do not think execution of gays and lesbians is worthy of condemnation or investigation. (The full vote tally is published beneath this column.) To its shame, Colombia was among the 16 nations who abstained.

Those against the amendment include every European nation present, all Scandinavian countries, India, Korea, most of Latin America, all of North America, and only one Middle Eastern nation: Israel. In most countries in the Middle East, it is a crime to be gay–in some, like Saudi Arabia, it is punishable by beheading and in others, like Iran, by hanging.

The UN has a remarkable track record of doing virtually nothing when presented with mass killings or genocide. ‘Never again!’ was the cry after the holocaust. Since then, the world has witnessed a dozen more never agains with strong condemnation from the UN coming after the corpses pile up. A resolution of the sort that was voted on in the General Assembly is significant for its clarity of message: ‘It’s okay to kill the gays.’

So…execution of homosexuals is now an example global justice and a demonstration of “human rights?”

Let me be clear.  I oppose homosexuality as a valid and viable lifestyle for the human race for theological, moral and medical reasons.  But hear me clearly:  I do not condone execution, persecution, or physical or mental abuse of such individuals.  I am for reasoned discussion and attempts at verbal persuasion.  I do not hate the members of this community, and I do not doubt their ability to contribute constructively to society outside the realm of their sexuality.

The hubris of those at the U.N. as they attempt to condemn the United States for various and sundry, while taking our money, is truly sickening.  Melanie Phillips conclusion is mine as well (emphasis added):

It is because the western world relies upon the UN as the touchstone for international law, justice and ‘human rights’ that the western world now appeases and empowers tyrants and terror states while abandoning or dumping upon their victims. The UN is a global deformity that now stands at the very fulcrum of the madness that has consumed the free world. Civilization will not be saved unless and until the UN is recognized as the problem, not the solution.

Here endeth this commentary for the day.

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