US takes gay rights fight to international stage and Archbishop calls Obama out.

My Friend Sarah writes from Australia. She makes this observation...

Hillary Clinton now presumes to dictate to the world re 'homosexual 'rights' with missionary zeal, seeing such as her 'calling'; she has the audacity to claim that 'gay rights are human rights'; that support to the developing world is henceforth to be directly tied to their acceptance and enshrineing into law of the homosexual agenda. No acceptance of the homosexual agenda? No funding/development aid/humanitarian assistance!

This is more than a step too far; it is the US hurling itself over the cliff's edge to the jagged rocks and pounding sea below as it exports its loathsome culture of death as a non-negotiable to the rest of the world; forcing homosexuality down the throats of the God-fearing who haven't sold out their souls to the satanic lie that the US has become (with Australia not far behind it)!

Quickly now the end time struggle approaches,

Updated December 07, 2011 15:46:06

Photo: Ms Clinton received a standing ovation after the address in Geneva. (AFP: Sebastian Feval)

The United States has put the fight against gay and lesbian discrimination at the heart of its foreign policy, but stopped short of warning transgressor nations they could be stripped of US aid.

President Barack Obama has ordered all government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to take steps to encourage foreign nations to put a premium on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

"I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world," he said in a memorandum unveiling his directives.

The memo was released the same day as pop singer and gay rights advocate Lady Gaga visited the White House.

Secretary of state Hillary Clinton meanwhile, in an impassioned speech at the United Nations in Geneva, committed $US3 million to start a Global Equality Fund to support civil society organisations working for LGBT rights worldwide.

"Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality," she said.

I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.

US president Barack Obama
"Gay people are born into - and belong to - every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors, and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes."

The US action came amid rising international attention on discrimination against LGBT citizens and growing disquiet in Africa over Western policy on the issue.

Washington for example, has expressed concern over legislation in Nigeria that seeks to outlaw gay marriage and public displays of affection between homosexual couples.

Britain has meanwhile warned that it will consider withholding aid from nations which do not recognize gay rights.

Mr Obama condemned laws that criminalise LGBT citizens, beatings of people who join peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or the killings of men, women, and children over their perceived sexual orientation.

"By this memorandum I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons," he said.

Mr Obama directed government agencies to fight against the criminalization of LGBT activity abroad and to combat discrimination, homophobia, and intolerance.

'Build respect'
He required the departments of State and Homeland Security to ensure LGBT asylum seekers are properly protected and noted the US government could resettle highly vulnerable people who need urgent protection.

The president directed agencies involved with foreign aid and development to engage governments and civil society groups abroad to "build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons."

He also directed swift action to respond to human rights abuses against LGBT people perpetrated by foreign governments and required all agencies to produce an annual report on progress towards all the initiatives.

But Mr Obama appeared to stop short of warning that nations that do not satisfy US requirements on aid could automatically see American assistance cut.

"The president's memo today puts forward a comprehensive strategy, of which one component is finding affirmative ways to support these efforts through our assistance," said Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokeswoman.

"We are not talking about cutting aid or tying aid, but we are talking about using all of our tools, including assistance, to translate our principles into action."

Senator Clinton said the Global Equality Fund will help civil society organisations target advocacy, learn how to use the law as a tool and manage their budgets and staff.

We are not talking about cutting aid or tying aid, but we are talking about using all of our tools, including assistance, to translate our principles into action.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden
The chief US diplomat, who received a standing ovation at the end of her speech, said LGBT rights were universal human rights.

Joe Solmonese, of the Human Rights Campaign, which fights for the LGBT community, praised the administration's new strategy.

"Today's actions by president Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people," he said.

But Texas Governor Rick Perry, courting social conservatives as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination to take on Obama in next November's election, accused the president of waging a war on American values.

"This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americans of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong," he said.

Archbishop Wenski Speaks Up for Catholic Conscience

'The president's promises are not being kept,' Miami archbishop says.
by KEVIN JONES (EWTN NEWS) 12/06/2011 Comments (11)

MIAMI (EWTN News)—President Barack Obama has not kept his promises about conscience protections for abortion opponents, and those who trusted him to exclude abortion from the health-care bill seem to “have been played,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said.

“His administration is running roughshod over conscience-protection provisions’ long part of the law that find their justification in the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion, a foundational human right,” the archbishop wrote in a Dec. 2 essay in the Miami Herald.

“It is one thing for an administration to support and promote an agenda; it is quite another to force those who disagree with it to violate their moral and religious principles.”

The archbishop noted President Obama’s 2009 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, where he promised to “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion” and to provide “sensible” protections for those who do not want to be involved.

“Fast-forward to late 2011, and the record shows that the president’s promises are not being kept,” the archbishop said. He added that the president seems to have deceived pro-life Catholics like former Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, Catholic Health Association head, Sister Carol Keehan, and Notre Dame’s leadership.

“The long line of evidence is disturbing,” he said.

Archbishop Wenski cited the administration’s 2009 reversal of previous regulations on federal conscience laws. He noted that the health-care bill of 2010 omitted traditional protections for conscience rights and included language that would “subjugate” conscience rights to federal and state “emergency” service laws.

“In other words, any abortion declared an ‘emergency’ (broadly defined) by a government requires a health-care provider’s full cooperation, regardless of his or her views on the matter,” Archbishop Wenski warned.

He also objected to the Department of Health and Human Services rule announced on Aug. 1 that requires almost all health plans, including those provided by Catholic organizations, to cover sterilization and contraception, including abortifacient drugs.

“HHS seemingly wants to regard fertility as a disease — and elective abortion subsidized by the taxpayer as health care.”

The archbishop lamented federal contracts’ and grants’ new requirements that grantees help provide all legally permissible family-planning and obstetric/gynecological services. Many U.S. State Department AIDS program grants now require integration with family planning and “reproductive health” services, which ignores conscience clauses in the congressional authorizing statute.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had been receiving a grant to help human-trafficking victims, but this grant was discontinued after the conference said it could not meet the new requirements and pointed out that the requirement violates existing federal conscience laws.

“Catholic social and health-care providers — the largest private network in the nation — are at risk of being left out of all federal programs, despite their well-earned reputation for providing superlative service to the American public.”

“In effect, the Obama administration is telling these Catholic providers to surrender their conscience rights and their Catholic ethos or shut their doors,” Archbishop Wenski charged.

The archbishop urged Americans and elected officials from both parties to be concerned with these developments, warning that the violation of religious and conscience rights puts everyone’s rights in jeopardy.

Thank You Sarah.


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