President Obama, via the Justice Department, finally filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court in support of the repeal of California’s Proposition 8. Tony Perkins would like you to believe that this makes President Obama a Tyrant – he’s the leader of a free nation, who is exercising his power to overturn a measure literally voted into law by the people of a state.
To the 7,001,084 Californians who exercised their constitutional right to protect marriage, the President’s decision is a deep betrayal of the democratic process and America’s identity of political diversity.
– Tony Perkins, president of The Family Research Council.
Well, here’s the reality: 7,001,084 Californians perverted the democratic process in their state by using it to insert their personal and religious beliefs into the state constitution, therein disenfranchising a minority of their hard-won fundamental rights. They did this even though there was no rational basis for the law; the law was solely an implementation of legal discrimination based on religious beliefs.
President Obama is (finally) exercising his authority as President of the United State to defend and protect The Constitution of the United States, and the rights granted therein. If President Obama is a tyrant for filing a brief, The Emancipation Proclamation must have made President Lincoln the worst tyrant in the history of the world. By executive order, President Lincoln freed every slave in the South, against the express beliefs of half of the nation.
Yesterday, Nigeria became the first nation to spitefully increase persecution of LGBT citizens in response to the announcement that the United States will now consider a country’s Gay Rights record when doling out foreign aid.
In a direct and highly negative response to President Obama’s memorandum and Secretary Clinton’s announcement that the U.S. will consider a country’s Gay Rights record when foreign aid is requested, Nigeria’s House has passed an even more vicious version of the anti-gay bill recently passed by their Senate. Nigerian Lawmaker Zakari Mohammed pulled no punches:
We have a culture. We have religious beliefs and we have a tradition. We are black people. We are not white. [Same-sex marriage] is alien to our culture and we can never give it a chance. So if [Western nations] will hold their aid to us, to hell with them.
Nigerian Information Minister Labaran Maku elaborated further:
[W]e reserve the right to make our laws without apologies to other countries..
Some of the things that are considered fundamental rights abroad … can be very offensive to African culture.
With all due respect to Nigerian sovereignty, Minister Maku is speaking foolishly on both counts.
Never, in all of world history, has a nation made laws in a vacuum. If the U.S. wants to withhold aid, trade or diplomatic resources because of Nigeria’s human rights violations, we are perfectly within our rights (and in the right) to do so.
Furthermore, matters of human rights are the concern of every nation in the global village. “Culture” is not, and will never be, an excuse for human rights violations.
Gavin Greel has written a new gay anthem, NOISE. It’s beautiful, touching and isn’t afraid to lay on a guilt-trip.
I’m not sure I would have had the courage to cut in footage of Tyler Clementi, Jamie Rodemeyer and the other young LGBT martyrs, but the power of the message is undeniable.
Hat-tip to AFER.