Rep. Chris Smith vs. International Rights

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who's my own representative in Congress, is sending out a letter to foreign governments asking them to block the United Nations from officially recognizing the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Just as when he voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, he’s claiming those who are trying to protect LGBT people are actually trying to muzzle religion.

Specifically, Rep. Smith says IGLHRC hasn't said if it would seek to punish anyone who preaches homosexuality is immoral. The group has already said it supports free speech and is only looking to prevent violence against sexual minorities. Its application for "consultative status" at the U.N. has been held up for three years in a subcommittee by anti-gay UN member states like Egypt. (Recent article here.) The U.S. is apparently looking to get IGLHRC's application through the subcommittee and to the larger Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a full vote, and so Smith is actually sending a letter out to foreign leaders asking them to stop his own country from protecting a vulnerable minority.

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