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GOP Congressmen Side with Islamic Governments to Oppose Obama Request to UN to Approve Gay Group's Consultative Status


On Monday,  the Obama administration plans to press for the 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to grant "consultative status" to an American group, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), to allow it to participate in U.N. meetings along with thousands of other international non-government organizations.

Logo_un But the Obama administration's efforts are encountering some opposition — a group of anti-gay Islamic nations led by Egypt...and two Republican congressmen, Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). The two congressmen sent a letter to the UN urging it to oppose the U.S. request.

Turtle Bay reports:

In June, Egypt led efforts in the NGO committee to block a request by the U.S. to grant the group consultative status, which would provide the groups representatives with a U.N. grounds pass and to participate formally in U.N. meetings on human rights, health ,and other issues. Angola, Burundi, China, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and Sudan backed the Egyptian invocation of a "no motion" procedure that blocked action on the application. Turkey abstained.

The United States and Britain, with support from Romania, criticized the move as a delaying tactic. "We know from the past that their further responses will never satisfy certain delegations," Britain's representative to the NGO committee, Cristina Barbaglia, said in June.


The Republican Party's social conservatives, along with Christian organizations, have long worked closely with some of the U.N.'s most conservative Islamic groups to prevent social liberals, including gays and women's rights group, from promoting their views within the United Nations.

In criticizing the current U.S. position, Smith and Franks drew upon arguments presented by Egypt and other conservative governments that allow little freedom of expression on their own soil. They cited something called the Yogyakarta Principles, which IGLHCR has endorsed, that appeals to states to "ensure that the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression does not violate the rights and freedoms of persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities."

Egypt's representative, Wael Attiya, raised concern back in June that such principles could be used to subject religious leaders, who condemn homosexual behavior, to be persecuted. If a "preacher says that a relationship between same sex [couples] is wrong, will the preacher be hunted," he said in June.

Fifteen congressmen sent a letter to the UN today urging the body to approve the White House request.

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  1. They have more in common than they don't. What's so ironic is the freedom of religion argument being used by christofascists to assist islamofascists given that neither truly believe that either is entitled to it.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 15, 2010 7:15:05 PM

  2. Funny how the one thing they all can unite in is hate.

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Jul 15, 2010 7:17:21 PM

  3. Fascists of a feather flock together.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 15, 2010 7:23:29 PM

  4. Who cares, they're probly fags too.

    Posted by: Ryan Ward | Jul 15, 2010 7:31:26 PM

  5. franks as pedoface, too. Weird moreau features...whereas smith just looks like a white supremacist. I'm sure their islamic counterparts are ripe for comedy, too. uvulating psychopaths.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 15, 2010 7:39:42 PM

  6. Also, GO TURKIYE!

    Posted by: Ryan Ward | Jul 15, 2010 7:41:43 PM

  7. Turkey probably only abstained to avoid jeopardizing its accession to the European Union, which is the subject of heated debate already.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 15, 2010 7:52:56 PM

  8. Does anyone know if it's common procedure for congressmen to go against the president's policy and appeal directly to the U.N.? It seems like douchey thing to do, but maybe Dems did it too, when Bush was in office. I kind of think I would remember John porn 'stache Bolton going ballistic if they did, though.

    Posted by: BoxerDad | Jul 15, 2010 7:53:18 PM

  9. c'mon, towle! you can't think of a less islamophobic way to share this? russia and china aren't 'islamic governments' and they were a large part of this. we shouldn't put down a religion to try to build ourselves up

    Posted by: scott | Jul 15, 2010 8:15:55 PM

  10. scott, don't you belong with the moonbats and free mumia nutsos over at JMG? They eat that shit up, seriously...facts aren't bigotry. Russia and china aren't islamic nations...but russia has always been cozy with egypt.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 15, 2010 8:29:51 PM

  11. Republican Congressmen aligning with terrorists? Why am I not surprised!

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 15, 2010 8:53:16 PM

  12. Just how much hate can you hide your faith belief system before you realize how so unchrist-like you are? especially when aligning with those who kill GLBT people! Wouldn't that make you an accessory after the fact?

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jul 15, 2010 9:03:54 PM

  13. On a tangent, how did Trent Franks come to look like that? Did a motorcycle run square over his face?

    Posted by: Bruno | Jul 15, 2010 9:11:02 PM

  14. EXCELLENT point, Scott. I thought the same thing myself. I'd add that, since Angola and Burundi are Christian nations, half of the nations which backed the procedural motion aimed at blocking IGLHRC are not Islamic nations and, more significantly, probably something like 90% of the people who live in these eight nations are not Muslim (well over half of them being Chinese). Sensational, but misleading, headline.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 15, 2010 9:48:27 PM

  15. Scott, China and Russia often vote with the UN's regressive Islamic bloc. Social conservatives are scary, but Christianity is still a better religion overall.

    There are 7 countries in which homosexuality is punishable by death. They are ALL Muslim-majority countries.

    Iran (98% Muslim)
    Mauritania (100% Muslim)
    Nigeria (50% Muslim)
    Saudi Arabia (100% Muslim)
    Sudan (70% Muslim)
    United Arab Emirates (96% Muslim)
    Yemen (99% Muslim)

    Sources: Wikipedia and CIA Factbook.

    In contrast, every single country in the world which recognizes same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships is Christian-majority, except Israel, which is Jewish-majority (and recognizes same-sex marriages performed abroad).

    Posted by: Max | Jul 15, 2010 9:52:35 PM

  16. Ah, two fat sinful gluttons.

    Why am I surprised?

    Posted by: Dale | Jul 15, 2010 9:55:09 PM

  17. No, Patric, the headline is spot on.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 15, 2010 10:13:53 PM

  18. Somehow the radical leftist anti-Semites will figure out a way to blame Israel for this.

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Jul 15, 2010 10:23:11 PM

  19. Max, your earnest efforts to show that Christianity is "better" than Islam strike me as resembling the efforts of someone who is arguing that Hitler was worse than Mussolini: Well, yeah sure but, so what??

    As we witnessed this past week in Argentina, rights for gay people have generally been obtained in the West not because of the Catholic Church or other churches but in spite of their fierce opposition to our humane treatment. What separates the West from the Middle East is that our governmental structures generally limit the influence of organized religion in matters of governance and allow individuals freedom of expression and religion. That is why we have achieved what we have, and that has also forced somewhat of a moderation in Church teachings over the years on numerous topics, including for instance interracial marriage, as popular opinion has led Church doctrine and not the other way around. We should hope for the same thing for our brothers and sisters in Muslim countries.

    There are millions of wonderful Muslims around the world, many of them gay and lesbian, and I cannot understand how it advances our interests to denigrate them or their religion as somehow worse than Christianity or Judaism. We should be building bridges with them and working with them, to the extent that we can, to dislodge the brutal despots who have used and distorted Islam to strengthen their own grip on power.

    Personally, and I say this as someone who spent eight years in Catholic school and as someone who counts my beloved Catholic church-going parents as among the most important people in my life, I hope for a future in which all of the world's traditional organized religions have been tossed in the dustbin of history in favor of the Deepak Chopras, Marianne Williamsons and Wayne Dyers of the world.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 15, 2010 10:26:08 PM

  20. "...I cannot understand how it advances our interests to denigrate them or their religion as somehow worse than Christianity or Judaism."

    Because Islam is mercilessly violent. That is exactly what we should denigrate.

    And if rights are won in the West despite Christianity, then why can't they be won in Islamic countries despite Islam?

    Posted by: Max | Jul 15, 2010 10:38:46 PM

  21. Because Max, Christian countries tend to be richer (why? I wonder if it has anything to do with centuries of Colonialism) and let's be frank, homo-social subcultures thrive in regions of economic stability. Uganada is a christian majority country yet you don't see them clamoring to get queer rights recognized.

    Go to a local community college and take history/sociology course, pleb. Lest you speak and rubbish fall out of it.

    Oops too late.

    Posted by: harpy | Jul 15, 2010 10:54:51 PM

  22. "Because Islam is mercilessly violent." No, bigots and brutal despots who use Islam to advance their own hateful aims are mercilessly violent and they are exactly whom we should denigrate. Do the Crusades or Maggie Gallagher or the Pope prove that Christianity is mercilessly violent or bigoted? I suspect you'd say that they in fact only prove that the individuals involved are mercilessly violent or bigoted.

    "And if rights are won in the West despite Christianity, then why can't they be won in Islamic countries despite Islam?" If you'd read my post above, you'd already know my answer. Our governmental structures in the West have limited the influence of organized religion in governance and allowed for the flourishing of thought and expression counter to Church teachings and, as a result in fact, have forced a moderation of certain Church teachings over time (such as in the case of interracial marriage) which would not have occurred had orthodoxy been imposed in our societies. If freedom of thought, expression and religion are ever truly allowed in these countries, it will be the death knell of the extremist and heinous brand of Islam to which you are objecting (and to which millions of Muslims in countries like Iran and elsewhere are also objecting).

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 15, 2010 10:55:51 PM

  23. Thank you Patric: nicely done.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 15, 2010 11:07:59 PM

  24. Interesting and VERY telling - Islamist extremists and Republicans conspiring together.... strange bedfellows indeed. Or perhaps not!

    Posted by: Tre | Jul 15, 2010 11:49:45 PM

  25. "Because Max, Christian countries tend to be richer (why? I wonder if it has anything to do with centuries of Colonialism) and let's be frank, homo-social subcultures thrive in regions of economic stability." Ah yes, that would explain why the Emirates and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are such gay party places. Pull your heads out of your holes and wake up. There may be plenty of nice Muslims but there is no nice Islam. Just ask the first Middle East lesbian conference, which had to be held in.... Israel. Gee, wonder why?

    Posted by: Chunks | Jul 15, 2010 11:54:21 PM

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