June 17, 2002

Conservative Christian organizations, with the support of the Bush administration, have hopped into the sack with theocratic and despotic Islamic countries like Iran and Iraq (two-thirds of the Axis of Evil, for those keeping score at home) to halt the expansion of sexual and political protections and rights for gays, women and children at United Nations conferences.

"We look at them as allies, not necessarily as friends," said Austin Ruse, founder and president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York-based organization that promotes conservative values at U.N. social conferences. "We have realized that without countries like Sudan, abortion would have been recognized as a universal human right in a U.N. document."

When you're finding common cause with Sudan, you really ought to consider recalibrating your moral compass.

The alliance of conservative Islamic states and Christian organizations has placed the Bush administration in the awkward position of siding with some of its most reviled adversaries -- including Iraq and Iran -- in a cultural skirmish against its closest European allies, which broadly support expanding sexual and political rights.

U.S. and Iranian officials even huddled during coffee breaks at the U.N. summit on children in New York last month, according to U.N. diplomats.

Once again, the Bush Administration's famed moral clarity comes through. If I was ever thankful that these guys for their leadership since 9/11, I officially take it all back.

Story via TAPped.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 17, 2002 to Around the world