Saudi Arabia on Sunday (27 September) objected to the inclusion of LGBT rights in the UN Development Agenda, saying they run ‘counter to Islamic law.’Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a UN summit of world leaders in New York that ‘mentioning sex in the text, to us, means exactly male and female,’ AP reported.
‘Mentioning family means consisting of a married man and woman,’ he said, adding that his country had the right not to follow any rules relating to any ‘deviations’ from that belief.
One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health by 2030.
However, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican have expressed concern that references to ‘sexual rights’ include protections for LGBT people.
Gay sex is a crime in Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia and is punishable by death under Sharia law.
The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, said in June that calls to change the law were a ‘flagrant interference in its internal affairs.’
Even so, he was appointed chair of a UN human rights panel of ‘experts’ last week, which one NGO described as ‘scandalous.’
‘It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,’ said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
‘Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.’
So, while the Pope was doing PR in the good ol' USA last week and we were bombarded with how this Pope was bringing about change in the Catholic church, and the church was becoming more welcoming of the LGBT community, the Catholic church, in cooperation with the Islamic state of Saudi Arabia, was denouncing homosexuals and trying to further it's anti-gay agenda world wide.
Tell me again, how the Pope is teaching tolerance when behind the scenes he is working with an Islamic state that routinely murder gay people for being something they have no control over.
The only difference I see between the practice of Islam and Christianity: one has attained it's theocratic control over many countries and the oppression of it's people, the other aspires to.