Thursday, January 26, 2006
Courtesy of our stalwart colleagues at Cursor: Can you possibly imagine a threat so grave, a menace so fearsome, that the U.S. government would gladly join forces with its mortal foes, the mullahs of Iran, to combat it? No? Well, try again. Think Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall:
In a reversal of policy, the United States on Monday backed an Iranian initiative to deny United Nations consultative status to organizations working to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, a coalition of 40 organizations, led by the Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called for an explanation of the vote which aligned the United States with governments that have long repressed the rights of sexual minorities.Ah wisht ah could quit you, mullahs . . . .
“This vote is an aggressive assault by the U.S. government on the right of sexual minorities to be heard,” said Scott Long, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. “It is astonishing that the Bush administration would align itself with Sudan, China, Iran and Zimbabwe in a coalition of the homophobic.”