Thursday, June 6, 2013
Patrick's post about the AID's involvement in a partnership to address LGBT issues around the world laments that "U.S. taxpayers' dollars are being spent to advocate internationally for laws and policies that most Americans still oppose and that, what is more, violate the moral law."
I think he overstates the objection tremendously. The specific things listed as being of concern in the AID's announcement of the partnership are the fact that LGBT behavior is criminalized in 85 countries, seven of which impose a death penalty for same-sex sexual activity and that a large number of countries do not punish anti-gay discrimination. I think one would be hard put to claim that most Americans think same-sex behavior should be criminatlized or subject to the death penality and I see no violation of moral law in fighting against such laws. And (appreciating that people can have different views as to what constitutes discrimination, even the Catholic Church believes that people should not be discriminated against) because of their sexual orientation.
The United States is not representative of the rest ofthe world. The big fight here is about gay marriage. In other parts of the world homosexuals risk harm from third parties and their own governments because of their orientation.
I'd like to know a little more about the specific plans of the partnership of which the AID is a part before coming to the conclusions Patrick does.