John Boehner‘s March 23 appointment of National Organization For Marriage (NOM) founder and Chairman Emeritus Robert George to the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom is a Republican signal of intent to roll back civil and human rights for gay people in the U.S. and around the world.
None of the major gay rights groups appear to grasp the full seriousness of what Speaker Boehner has signaled. Here is HRC’s wan statement on George’s appointment.
So let me now repeat this truth: Boehner’s appointment of the professional political gay-basher Robert George to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom is a Republican signal of intent to roll back civil and human rights for gay people in the U.S. and around the world. Imagine for a moment that Romney wins the presidency, that Republicans have control of at least the Congress, and that an anti-gay Republican is named Secretary of State. The scenario at this date appears within a range of possibility. Should it in reality occur, Hillary Clinton’s gay rights address in Geneva will be put into the wood chipper, and replaced with an aggressive U.S. strategy of rolling back gay rights advances at home and abroad.
As NOM’s quiet-behind-the-scenes mastermind, George of course at least helped to write and promote the maliciously anti-gay NOM pledge signed by the presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
If you do not understand Robert George’s wholesale antipathy and contempt for gay human beings, read this. George in sum believes that all gay people inherently have no dignity, are dirty, inferior and not worthy of rights, and should be fined and imprisoned for being intimate with each other.
Already, it was the case that George had communications access to all leading Republicans; Boehner now has positioned him to help to carry out anti-gay measures worldwide, including in the U.S., and particularly should Republicans gain political ground in the 2012 elections.
Any decent human being should consider that George’s mentality is antithetical to the mission of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. Ideally, the Commission, which makes policy recommendations to the U.S. President, Department of State and Congress, should aim to promote harmony between and for minority populations overseas. George’s group NOM has developed and implemented race-baiting strategies to pit American minorities against each other; how can the monster who approves of that possibly make sane recommendations to the U.S. government for promoting harmony for and among minorities overseas?
The very thought that George is genuinely interested in “religious freedom” is preposterous. He certainly does not give a hang about the religious freedoms of clergy who wish to be able to marry gay and/or lesbian couples.
We must, with a sense of urgency, raise an alarm and send a message that we can not accept as a U.S. government figure a monster whose organization sponsors anti-gay hate rallies where attendees are told that homosexuals are “worthy to death.”
At this link is a petition to the White House, asking it to condemn Boehner’s appointment of the gay-bashing Robert George to the Commission. The petition needs 25,000 signatures by April 27, 2012 in order to get a response from the White House. Now, are you going to settle for HRC’s quiet little nothing of a press release about this matter, or are you going to sign and re-distribute the petition, as part of taking a stand against Republicans’ ambition of throwing Hillary Clinton’s gay rights speech into the wood chipper, and gay rights here and abroad into the trash?
Image: John Boeher, left; Robert P. George, top right; NOM, the National Organization For Marriage logo, bottom right.
New York City– based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT– interest by– line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.
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