|Mallon's Media Watch|
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Sen. Rick Santorum's comments on homosexuality in an AP interview
Friday, April 25, 2003
Action Alert from Friday Fax
A very disturbing development will happen in the next 24 hours. Radical homosexual activists have persuaded 19 countries to sponsor a resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission that would punish opponents of the homosexual movement. Up for grabs is the traditional family and religious freedom. We direct you to a very urgent action item below.
Spread the word.
Austin Ruse President
Action item: if your government is on the human rights commission, you must contact them and demand they vote no on "the sexual orientation resolution before the commission." To find out if your government is on the commission go to http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/2/chrmem.htm. I know this is a little bit complicated, but it is very important and very urgent, and you must act immediately as the vote is coming tomorrow.
April 25, 2003 Volume 6, Number 18
UN Seeks Criminal Sanctions Against "Gay Rights" Opponents
A heated debate took place today at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, as member nations of the Commission considered an unprecedented proposal to expand the UN's definition of discrimination to include discrimination based upon "sexual orientation."
The resolution, introduced by Brazil and co-sponsored by 19 other nations, including most European nations and Canada, is the first resolution in UN history to link homosexuality with human rights law. One advocacy group, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, describes the resolution as "a historic opportunity to advance LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] issues in international human rights law."
The Resolution "Calls upon all states to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation" and for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights "to pay due attention to the phenomenon of violations of human rights on the grounds of sexual orientation." It also "Expresses deep concern at the occurrence of violations of human rights in the world against persons on the grounds of their sexual orientation."
In an effort to defeat this measure, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya and Malaysia have introduced amended resolutions in which all references to sexual orientation have been deleted. The United States, which is a member of the Commission, did not co-sponsor the original Brazilian resolution, nor did it introduce an amendment of its own.
Pro-family legal scholars are deeply concerned with the Brazilian proposal. A. Scott Loveless, associate professor of law at the World Family Policy Center at Brigham Young University, believes that "The remedy proposed may have worse societal implications than the alleged disease, which is so-called homophobia. It is highly likely that gay rights advocates will use this resolution, if it passes, to advance their agenda to legalize gay marriage and to create hate crimes legislation." Loveless notes that "in their quest to legitimize homosexuality, many of these countries have actually limited some of our most fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech. In Canada and Great Britain, people who have spoken out against homosexual behavior have been criminally prosecuted for speaking, not for actually harming anyone."
Jane Adolphe, assistant professor of law at Ave Maria Law School, believes that the resolution may be used against the Catholic Church. According to Adolphe, "This initiative opens the door for further attacks on the Church. With respect to the Commission, individuals could presumably use this discrimination language to bring complaints against the Church with regard to hiring, employment, even the doctrines of the Church, itself."
An official present at the meeting told the Friday Fax that it was "a difficult discussion, a heated discussion, because of the quite delicate subject matter, and the fact that this has never been discussed before." A vote on the resolution and its amendments will likely occur tomorrow.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Mark Goldblatt on Antiwar & Left on National Review Online++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Concede American benevolence -- concede, in other words, what cannot be denied by a reasonable observer -- and the epistemological underpinning of radical politics crumbles to dust. Can Gore Vidal continue to publish once that concession is made? Can Noam Chomsky continue to deliver speeches? Can Tim Robbins even go out in public?
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Please pray for my friend, Kathleen, who is undergoing surgery tomorrow, Easter Tuesday. Kathleen owns the PetersVoice.com which hosts my website.
Monday, April 21, 2003
'Holy Cow, Mr. Bush is caught in the cross fire of a religious civil war'
OpinionJournal - Thinking Things Over
Daily Record News - Laci Peterson case tied to Roe debate
NOW does not want Laci Peterson's baby, Connor to be considered a human being who has been murdered.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
A NeoCon Fesses Up
NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: I CONFESS By JOHN PODHORETZ
The Senate minority leader is ordered to stop calling himself a Catholic
Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent