Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Professor Adolphe on new EU 'homophobia' resolution

The following excerpt is from a story appearing today on World Net Daily that quotes Professor Jane Adolphe at length. The story concerns a recently passed resolution by the EU Parliament that urges EU member states to ban homophobia and even to apply sanctions to countries that do not follow suit.

Christians slam 'homophobia' resolution
European Parliament's action equates condition to racism, anti-Semitism

The European Parliament's recently passed resolution "Homophobia in Europe" has raised alarms among European pro-family groups, Christians and others who worry the measure is a move to cut off public debate over same-sex unions and force universal acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

The controversial resolution urging member states to ban "homophobia" states that "homophobia can be defined as an irrational fear of and aversion to homosexuality and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people based on prejudice, similar to racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and sexism."

Homosexual activists point to recent tension, including so-called "hate speech," between traditional values and the growing public expression of homosexuality throughout Europe as the catalyst for the resolution. Last year, Premier Edmund Stoiber of Bavaria declared his intention to challenge Germany's proposed law favoring homosexual adoption. In June, conservatives in Spain took to the streets to protest the passing of same-sex unions.

Conflict between the newer Eastern European member states of the European Union is increasing. Poland, Latvia and Estonia have refused to permit homosexual unions. Italy also voted against homosexual unions, while Britain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Spain have legalized them. Poland's prime minister, Kazimeierz Marcinkiewicz, a founding member of the Christian-National Union Party, called for state protection against homosexual "contamination" of Polish culture. And Polish President Lech Kaczynski refused permission for "gay pride" demonstrations when he served as mayor of Warsaw. Lativa also disallowed homosexual-themed parades.

Homosexual advocates sought Parliament's passage of the "homophobia" resolution.

"It's a tragic thing that the term 'homophobia' has actually made its way into the resolution," said, Jane Adolphe, associate professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Even though a resolution is legally non-binding, if the term is used often enough in official documents it eventually becomes part of customary international law." A nation may be bound by customary law, even when that nation has not specifically enacted into its domestic law the provisions held in international customary law.


At 11:22 AM, Blogger mrbooks said...

Wow! Now that's a real change-of-pace for the blog, and a scary one at that. What Hitler, Stalin, Marx, and Lenin failed to do through totalinarianism, so called "free" Europeans may end up doing to themselves, and in the name of freedom to boot.


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