Joe Mirabella

Republicans side with Islamic fundamentalists against gays

Filed By Joe Mirabella | July 16, 2010 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: IGLHCR, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, religious hypocrisy, Republican talking points, Yogyakarta Principles

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.

bush-holding-hands.jpgFrom 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.

However:

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.


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Oh, I will be voting by mail. But no $, no volunteering and no rallying for the Dems at all.

Karavision Karavision | July 16, 2010 11:39 AM

Dude, that is some vintage fearmongering. Glad to see that the GAYTm effort is scaring somebody.

Next time throw in "they hate us cause were free" or show a picture of the towers for the full Bush effect.

Sadly this story is not hyperbole like most of Bush's Yellow Alerts. The Republicans are actively working to take our rights away at every turn. Unfortunately, they have an outstanding record keeping us down. We can still be fired in over 30 states, only 4 states and Washington DC grant same sex marriage licenses, two more recognize those marriages but don't perform them, we can't serve in the military, the list goes on and on and on.

We love to blame the Democratic party for not doing enough in recent history. There is truth and fairness in that blame. But it is absolutely shortsighted if we do not recognize where hate manifests itself in politics against us. That hate lives and breaths throughout the Republican party. Democratic politicians are paralyzed with fear of that hate. We need to shine light on the darkness and shame those who hate us.

Intellectual reductionism only hurts us.

I'm willing to bet that a lot of Republicans and Democrats who say they're against same-sex marriage or other GLBT rights initiatives do so in order to placate the less intelligent of their constituents, but it's also true that the GOP has, for the last 30 years, been slowly taken over by the religious right.

I've never doubted that deep inside, the religious right wishes for nothing less than our extermination. The only thing that has changed since the Anita Bryant days is their ability to mask what they're really thinking behind big smiles and rhetoric about "love."

A. J. Lopp | July 18, 2010 3:24 AM

I believe you are exactly correct, Alaric --- if they attained the power, they'd send us to the gas chambers even quicker than as Hitler did the Jews.

The footnote is that, because they frame everything in terms of religion and know so little about the science of sexual development in the human brain, they would stupidly think they could exterminate every gay and lesbian on Earth, and the problem is gone forevermore everafter.

But like every other generation since the dawn of humanity, about 5% of their children would grow up to be gay or lesbian, and unless they expunged the last fifty years of gay activism out of the world's libraries and newpapers, a brave few of them will take up the fight anew.

When MLK said, "The arc of history bends toward justice" he was right in more ways than one. But that does not guarantee that there can't be periodic setbacks, it only means that that type of oppression cannot last forever.

A. J. Lopp | July 18, 2010 3:28 AM

My personal observaton on this is that conservative Christians regard the Moslems as agents of the Devil --- until it is dicovered that they want to wipe out the same people that the Chrsitians do. Then, suddenly, religion makes strange bedfellows ... so to speak.

cynthialee | July 16, 2010 8:04 PM

I am sick of seeing apeals to fear. Find a new aproach to the topics.
Argue the facts and avoid fear.

Okay - this is starting to sound like a teabagger thread. You do realize the difference between facts and fear mongering, right?

Fact = Republicans are joining with Muslim extremists to stop the IGLHCR from joining the UN.

You can extrapolate that news however you'd like.

But I doubt it's fear mongering to point out what could be a dangerous situation for us - especially when there's not much of a correlation even needed. The facts speak for themselves.

Gotta love the face of the Republican Party...both of them.