The death rattle of the Bush administration puts it, once again, in the company of great defenders of human rights such as Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. This time, it breathes its sickness on gays.
The US is one of nearly 60 countries which stamped its feet in opposition to France’s declaration (made in the United Nations general assembly) that homophobia is a bad thing. The New York Times reports that 66 nations supported France as it called for homosexuality to be decriminalised around the world — some 80 countries still forbid people with similar genitals from having sex with one another.
Needless to say the Vatican and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, well known bastions of tolerance and human kindness, were at the forefront of the bigotry. They said allowing people who love one another to have sex “threatened to undermine the international framework of human rights by trying to normalize pedophilia”. Merry Christmas to you, too.