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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:32 AM

Mike Pompeo Plans to Push His Anti-LGBTQ Commission at the UN

Two months after a controversial State Department commission elevated religious freedom at the expense of LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to promote its findings at the United Nations, Mother Jones has learned.

During the UN General Assembly, which begins on September 15 in New York, Pompeo is expected to lead an event centered on human rights and, specifically, the report from the Commission on Unalienable Rights, which he formed last year. Meanwhile, on September 16, the commission’s chair and secretary are staging a virtual event with the US ambassador to the UN office in Geneva to present its report to the international community.

Since its formation, the commission has been a Pompeo project through and through, stacked with anti-LGBTQ scholars and headed by his former boss. Its ostensible purpose, which Pompeo outlined in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, was to distinguish between unalienable rights, which “are by nature universal,” and ad hoc rights created by “politicians and bureaucrats.” That argument—and the extremely public, anti-LGBTQ views held by its members—led the human rights advocacy community to disavow the commission and its report, which unsurprisingly turned out to prioritize religious freedom while labeling abortion and same-sex marriage as “divisive social and political controversies.”

The harsh response has not deterred Pompeo in the slightest. Within weeks of the draft report’s publication in July, it had been translated into six languages, including Farsi. (Given the Trump administration’s increasingly hostile stance toward Iran, that was certainly no accident.)

“It just shows this is Pompeo’s pet project and he’s not going to let it go,” Mark Bromley, chair of the Council on Global Equality, told me. In an effort to blunt Pompeo’s broad promotion of the report, Bromley’s group and several other advocacy organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Equity Forward, and Human Rights First, have been emailing foreign diplomats urging them to reject the report and not support Pompeo’s UN event.

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Reply Mike Pompeo Plans to Push His Anti-LGBTQ Commission at the UN (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Sep 15 OP
pfitz59 Sep 15 #1
secondwind Sep 15 #2
BlueMTexpat Sep 15 #3
uriel1972 Sep 15 #4
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uriel1972 Sep 16 #7
flotsam Sep 15 #6

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 04:22 AM

1. Pompeo is loathsome

and a disgrace to the nation. Any wonder he keeps firing his Inspector Generals. Lots of rot hidden in the dark recesses of HIS State Department. Biden will have a chore rooting out the corruption.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 04:42 AM

2. Can't wait for this entire Administration to go away.

Not a redeemable person in the bunch. Biden will have his work cut out for him.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 06:49 AM

3. He won't get

far with that.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:16 AM

4. Don't know about that...

the anti brigade has quite a few backers worldwide.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:53 AM

5. NOT a majority. eom

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 03:54 AM

7. No, true

but he might get some travtion.
sorry traction.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 12:49 PM

6. Here's the thing

Gay rights have been written into law. What would be said or done if another SOS proselytized against, say, blacks or Hispanics??? Because sex is now protected just like race in American law.

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