Rick Perry Channels Ennis Del Mar, Spews Hate

It’s hard to believe Rick Perry can be so stupid, and take himself so seriously..

It’s hard to believe someone can be so stupid, and take himself so seriously.. Click on the “YouTube” button, and then click “dislike”. Just to get the bad taste out of your mouth –

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Backlash Against U.S. Consideration of Gay Rights in Foreign Aid Decisions Goes Global.

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.

Gay Rights now a factor in US Foreign Aid decisions; backlash from the right.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in a speech to the UN that the United States will now consider a nation’s LGBT Rights record when determining whether or not to dispense foreign aid.

AMERICABlog has the full transcript of Secretary Clinton’s speech to the UN.

It is violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished. It is a violation of human rights when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives. And it is a violation of human rights when life-saving care is withheld from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in a speech to the UN that the United States will now consider a nation’s LGBT Rights record when determining whether or not to dispense foreign aid. I think this speech may be one of the greatest moments of Secretary Clinton’s career, and places her alongside Ted Kennedy as a contributor to the struggle for LGBT Rights.

Of course, The Right is flipping out.

Troy, MI mayor Janice L. Daniels is a homophobe.

Despite her hateful language, teabagger Janice L. Daniels won re-election to the mayoralty of Troy, Michigan by nearly 700 votes.

If you are going to run for and hold public office, it is incumbent upon you to express your beliefs in such a way that they do not undermine your constituents confidence in your ability to represent and protect them.

"I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there," Janice L. Daniels mayor of Troy, Michigan.

Troy, MI is was a diverse, welcoming city. Despite her expression of intolerance, Janice L. Daniels won re-election to the mayoralty of Troy, Michigan by nearly 700 votes.