Monday, August 13, 2012

C-FAM twist on Sexual Rights

Sexual Rights and Religious Freedom

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Current Issues Global | 0 comments
A presentation by Family Watch International at the World Congress of Families VI in Madrid, Spain, in 2012 addressed what the presenters call “Cultural Imperialism,” the hijacking of religious rights by the sexual rights agenda, which seeks to place sexual rights above even the freedom of speech.  The presentation was well received, and representatives from many countries asked for copies (see the PDF file here).   Family Watch International is creating a film on this subject, to be released in the future.
Sharon Slater, president of the non-profit group, gave the presentation.  She defined “sexual rights” as the following:
Rights to contraception, abortion, sexual expression (cross dressing, nudity), pornography (sale and use of), sexual relations, age of consent, sexual orientation, gender identity (identity papers, hormone therapy, sex change operations, etc.), sodomy,  employment, housing, adultery, prostitution, use of public facilities, civil unions, marriage, adoption, fertility services, wedding services, and sexual education.
Slater said the real battle is the war over the context in which sexual relations should occur.  The pro-family view is that sexual relations should only occur within the context of traditional marriage, as defined as the legal union of a man and a woman.  She defined the view of sexual activists as follows:
•All humans are sexual from birth
•Obtaining “sexual pleasure” is one of the highest goals in life
•The pursuit of sexual pleasure is a fundamental international human right
•Gender is fluid
Slater claims that sexual rights under these terms and religious rights cannot coexist.  Slater considers the following the main tactics of sexual rights activists:
1.Misinterpret human right instruments
(Tools: UN agencies, documents, rapporteurs, committees, High Commissioner, UNSG)
2.Mandate “comprehensive sexuality education”
3.Exploit HIV/AIDS pandemic
Slater cited the “Yogyakarta Principles” devised in the Indonesian city of the same name and meant to define and promote sexual rights worldwide.  Principle 21 of the published principles says: “Sexual Rights Trump Religious Freedom.”  “Ensure that the expression, practice and promotion of different opinions,convictions and beliefswith regard to issues of sexual orientation or gender identity is not undertaken in a manner incompatible with human rights.”
Comprehensive sexuality education is designed to raise up the next generation to demand their “sexual rights.”
The following quote is from a paper distributed at the United Nations: ““…young people . . . are entitled to sexual pleasure and how to experience different forms of sexual pleasure is important for their health and well-being.”  The publication is from International Planned Parenthood.  The brochure encourages all sorts of sexual practices for pleasure.  Their promotion is called “It’s All One,” and the brochure is titled “Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education.”  On the front cover is an assortment of youth.
The brochure discusses sexual minorities and how their rights are abused.  Also, Q & A on masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, oral sex, sexual fantasies and sexually pleasing a partner.  The priorities have been established by “the global health and education agencies, including the United Nations General Assembly, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO.”   IPPF is funded by U.N. agencies.   In 2010 it received around 3.5 million U.S. dollars from UNFPA, UNAIDS, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank.
UNESCO published “International Guidelines on Sexuality Education.”  The curriculum guidelines presented include the following:
•“respect” for “sexual and gender diversity”
(“aman who becomes a woman and is attracted to other women would be identified as a lesbian”)
•“masturbationis not harmful”
•“both men and women can give and receive sexual pleasure with a partner of the same or opposite sex”
UNAIDS has created International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.  They propose the following:
Nations must legalize:
•“adultery, sodomy, fornication and commercial sexual encounters”
•“same -sex marriages”
“In today’s world of political correctness and tolerance, to sin is not a sin, but to call a sin a sin is a sin.”
Family Watch International received invitations to premiere their documentary in Ghana, South Africa, Mexico, and Columbia.  Government officials and leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have also offered to have the documentary shown to parliaments and/or on national TV in a number of countries and to otherwise help them distribute it in Hungary, Holland, Italy, Kenya, Trinidad, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Sweden among other countries.


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