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Hillary’s Surreal State Department

She discovers a new global right.

By 12.8.11

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Hillary Clinton was once seen as a radical busybody, clamoring for this or that absurd invented right, such as the right of children to sue their parents. Now she is seen as a safe establishment figure. But the truth is that she hasn't changed. She is still a radical scold. Back in the days of the Clinton presidency she pushed the world to embrace an international right to abortion. These days her ambition is to impose upon all the nations of the earth "LGBT" rights.

Bill Clinton's State Department was famous for its Christmas trees adorned with condoms as ornaments. Hillary's State Department is even more radical; it seeks to turn the world into San Francisco.

In an address earlier this week in Geneva, Hillary announced that the imposition of the gay agenda on foreign governments now forms "a priority of our foreign policy." It is not enough for the Obama administration to corrupt America; it has to corrupt the whole world too. Hillary has instructed diplomats to stir up trouble abroad as de facto gay rights activists.

"In our embassies, our diplomats are raising concerns about specific cases and laws, and working with a range of partners to strengthen human rights protections for all," she said. "In Washington, we have created a task force at the State Department to support and coordinate this work. And in the coming months, we will provide every embassy with a toolkit to help improve their efforts. And we have created a program that offers emergency support to defenders of human rights for LGBT people."

The American taxpayer will also have to pay for a gay rights propaganda fund Hillary has set up: "I am also pleased to announce that we are launching a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world. This fund will help them record facts so they can target their advocacy, learn how to use the law as a tool, manage their budgets, train their staffs, and forge partnerships with women's organizations and other human rights groups. We have committed more than $3 million to start this fund, and we have hope that others will join us in supporting it."

Thus will the State Department make the world safe for sex-change operations and gay marriage. In laying out the case for inalienable "LGBT" rights that transcend and therefore bind all governments, Hillary made no mention of God as the source of rights. She cryptically said that governments don't grant rights, but she didn't specify their origin, sensing that it was best to leave God out of it. Where, then, do these "LGBT" rights come from? They come from the same place where she discovered an international right to abortion, namely, her own will. For Hillary the source of rights is not God but the superior wisdom of an international elite whose members see themselves as gods.

An administration that came to power calling George W. Bush a bully who sought to impose Western ideology on foreign countries feels entitled to behave imperialistically on this issue. What is Hillary's campaign but an attempt to bully non-Western countries into accepting Western ways? In her Geneva remarks, she singled out countries that see homosexuality as sinful for a browbeating. She scolded them for regarding it as a "Western phenomenon":

The second issue is a question of whether homosexuality arises from a particular part of the world. Some seem to believe it is a Western phenomenon, and therefore people outside the West have grounds to reject it. Well, in reality, gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths; they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes; and whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors.

Being gay is not a Western invention; it is a human reality. And protecting the human rights of all people, gay or straight, is not something that only Western governments do…

Hillary made no mention of the fact that Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia throw homosexuals into jail. How her campaign will square with Obama's warm and harmonious relationship with the Islamic world isn't clear. He prides himself on saying that America is not and never will be at "war with Islam." That may change if Hillary is serious about her crusade. The scars on her back from the 1994 UN conference at Cairo, where she touted an international right to abortion, have apparently healed and she is ready to push bogus new ones.

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About the Author
George Neumayr, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is co-author, with Phyllis Schlafly, of the new book, No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom.