By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, May 26 (C-Fam) The first report issued by Vitit Muntarbhorn, the new UN independent expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues goes well beyond his new office’s mandate of merely preventing violence. The new report in fact targets children, promotes homosexual marriage, denigrates traditional culture and religion and endorses interference into the internal affairs of sovereign states. The report does so by falsifying UN agreements and thus undermines the international law he purports to defend.

The report says it is necessary to “start young” with children because violence and discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is “personal/personalized, family-based, community-influenced and systemic.”

The report cites a “litany of abuses covering all parts of the globe” and that victims are “revictimized an infinite number of times.” Like previous reports from the UN human rights office, however, it does not cite verifiable statistical data. Instead it rests on secret complaints against certain states.

The report says, “Due respect for sexual orientation and gender identity” is entrenched in “an array” of human rights instruments, and that LGBT rights are evidenced by the “wide range of international human rights treaties that are in force, international human rights bodies and procedures.”

In fact, no UN human rights treaty includes special exceptions for homosexual conduct or transgender change. Ironically, the report cites the Arab Charter of Human Rights as supportive of LGBT rights, even though homosexual acts remain criminal in all Arab states.

Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”



By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

NEW YORK, May 26 (C-Fam) Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected Tuesday to a five-year term as head of the World Health Organization (WHO). African attendees at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva celebrated in the streets, while abortion advocates announced their satisfaction and support on social media.

Julia Bunting, head of the Population Council, called the new Director-General “champion of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health,” phrases used to refer to abortion, as well as homosexuality as a component of “sexual rights.” Dr. Tedros is known as an abortion advocate, credited by abortion advocates with liberalizing Ethiopia’s abortion laws. Earlier this year, he attended the Dutch “She Decides” conference, organized in opposition to President Trump’s expanded Mexico City Policy blocking U.S. funds to international abortion groups.

Dr. Tedros was elected after three rounds of voting, defeating Dr. Sania Nishtar of Pakistan and Dr. David Nabarro of the United Kingdom. Despite his well-publicized position on “sexual and reproductive health,” Dr. Tedros enjoyed the full support of the African countries, many of which have strong pro-life laws and oppose “sexual rights.” Many delegates from Africa expressed the opinion that it was their region’s turn to lead WHO, which has never had an African Director-General. He also had supporters outside Africa, and engaged the services of a U.S.-based public relations firm to help in his campaign. Neither Nabarro nor Nishtar hired a PR company.

While it remains to be seen how Dr. Tedros uses his leadership position, abortion-promoting groups telegraphed support before and after his election. Women Deliver president emerita Jill Sheffield wrote a letter to the Lancet citing his abortion position as evidence of his support for gender equality. Shannon Kowalski, former director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and current foreign policy advocate for the International Women’s Health Coalition, published an editorial on Devex immediately after the election result was announced. Her first request for Dr. Tedros’ priorities for women and girls: “support countries to expand access to safe, legal abortion.”

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Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”


Ascension of Christ & the New Evangelization

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

The Solemnity of the Ascension celebrates many things, among them the Great Commission to preach the gospel to all nations. Thus, it is a fitting time to ponder the call of Pope John Paul II to a “new evangelization.”

The celebration of the Ascension used to leave me a bit flat. It was clear what Good Friday did for me. And Easter Sunday’s benefits were indisputable. But as for the Ascension, what’s in it for me?

Charity: Sharing Christ’s Joy

Christianity is about a kind of love we call agape or charity. It is love that looks away from itself to another and gives itself away for another. The Divine Word did not become man or endure the cross because something was in it for Him.

Charity shares in the beloved’s joys and sorrows (John 14:28). The first thing to remember about the Ascension is that it is about sharing in Jesus’ joy. It is about celebrating his return to the heavenly glory to which he refused to cling (Phil 2:6-11). It is about rejoicing that his crown of thorns has been replaced with the kingly crown, that the mocking crowd at Calvary has been replaced with myriads of adoring angels. The Ascension is about Jesus’ triumph and glorification. If we get our attention off ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit’s love of the Son to animate our souls, we’ll experience greater joy than when we see our child hit a home run or graduate from college.

The Ascension & Hope

But the Ascension is not just about charity. It is also a feast of hope. Yes, there is something in it for us. He goes to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). We will also one day wear crowns made of gold instead of thorns.

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