After years of railing against the bigoted and racist UN Human Rights Council, we may finally have gotten someone’s attention. The Obama administration appears to have taken note of our repeated cries of scandal and shame. They are now prepared to stand before that discredited and debased body and demand that it act with justice and mercy toward Isr—homosexuals???
The Obama administration will introduce its first statement calling for the United Nations’ top human rights body to combat discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world, completing a U.S. reversal from years of ambiguity on the subject during the presidency of George W. Bush.
The U.S. declaration will be made Tuesday at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council and has the support of more than 80 countries. Although it is not in the form of binding resolution, the American push for U.N. action has helped win over a handful of new countries to the cause. A resolution could be brought to a vote later this year.
The issue of gay rights has polarized nations at the U.N. for years. And despite growing acceptance for homosexuality in Western nations and parts of Latin America, lawyers say there is still a gap in human rights treaties for the protection of gays against discrimination and mistreatment.
Yeah, good luck getting Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Senegal, Nigeria, and Cameroon, just to name a few, to back that resolution. I’m sure Belgium and Norway are down with it, but what aren’t they down with? We’ll have an easier time passing a declaration backing Greater Israel from the River to the Sea than we will ensuring the rights of gays.
But that’s just the nature of this administration: the UNHRC is the most antisemitic body since the Wannsee Conference, yet Obama still treats it as if it had a shred of legitimacy.
To him, it does. On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, on gay marriage, on a whole range of issues of interest to homosexuals, Obama has made it clear that he’s their guy. I have no problem with his positions—I think gays should be permitted to serve, marry, have their rights protected—but I think he is enormously cynical in how he goes about it.
I’ll leave marriage and the military for another time—but to appeal to the obscenity that is the Human Rights Council, as if it actually cared a whit about human rights, only serves to validate its primary (even sole) mission to pillory Israel. Disgraceful.