The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi recently said of a recent UN resolution on “sexual orientation and gender identity” which was passed by the United Nations is part of an agenda that could restrict the Church’s freedom . He goes onto say that the Church’s judgment against homosexuality should not be considered a condemnation of homosexuality? A reasonable response would be what else can it be considered if not a condemnation.
The “resolution marks a change. It is seen as the beginning of a movement within the international community and the United Nations to insert gay rights in the global human rights agenda,” said the Archbishop, head of the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. in Geneva,
It is the view of the Rainbow Sash Movement that the UN resolution will gradually take hold among member states of the United Nations. This is a long process and the UN Resolution was a first step in that long process.
At a June 27 event co-hosted by the U.S. State Department and the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies organization, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton credited a “major push by American diplomats” for the June 17 passage of what she described as “the first ever U.N. resolution recognizing the human rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people worldwide.”
Clinton called the resolution a “huge step forward,” and stated that “so far as the United States is concerned and our foreign policy, and our values … gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.”
The resolution, which expresses “grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination … against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity,” will not have an immediate effect on U.N. member states. Instead, it formally requests that the High Commissioner for Human Rights undertake an investigation into such acts, in preparation for further dialogue at the council during 2012.
The Church is routinely associated with backward thinking which is associated with a fundamentalist mentality when it comes to human rights. Either the Church changes that backward thinking or it will continue on its journey into irrelevancy.
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