Apparently the Republicans have more in common with Islamic extremists than they care to admit when they talk about "terrorism." This little nugget arrived in my inbox from a friend. It is a stark reminder what a Republican majority might look like if the Democratic Party loses this fall.
From Turtlebay: Republicans join forces with Islamic governments against America
Congressional Republicans Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az) have rallied behind a coalition of Islamic governments urging foreign governments to oppose a U.S.-led effort to support a bid by an American gay and lesbian organization to gain full-fledged membership as a U.N. nongovernment organization.
The move comes as the Obama administration is planning to press for the 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to grant on Monday "consultative status" to an American group, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), so that it can participate in U.N. meetings along with thousands of other international non-government organizations.
Fortunately the Obama administration is fighting Republican and Islamic extremists on this one. The UN also appears sympathetic to the LGBT community.
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."
So as you are thinking about ways you can get involved with this election that fit your politics, your comfort level, your financial security, your morals, your ethics, and all the other important things that go into decisions; make no mistake you have to do something to participate in the midterms. That is unless you want these jerks in charge again.