U.N. Message to People of Faith: Conform to LGBT Demands or You Encourage Violence Towards Them

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The concept that basic God-given rights exist has always been a problem for the left, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. And of those rights, freedom of speech and freedom of religion have been the two the worldwide left have the most trouble getting around and/or erasing. But just in time to coincide with the world celebrating Pride Month, comes a U.N. “expert” to proclaim that, by not giving in to the LGBT agenda, people of faith are nothing more than fomenters of violence and discrimination against the LGBT community. Great. Just what we need, another U.N. “expert.”

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On Wednesday, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, a U.N. “certified expert,” addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. In his speech, Madrigal-Borloz stated that freedom of religion and the rights of LGBT persons “need not be incompatible.” All that needs to happen is those religious groups must accept the assertions of gay and transgender persons, assumingly without question.

Madrigal-Borloz, a Costa-Rican attorney and graduate of Harvard Law, was appointed in 2017 by the U.N. as an expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender for a three-year term that began in 2018. He is currently in residence at the Harvard Law Human Rights program. Madrigal-Borloz spoke of religious “narratives” that were at odds with beliefs and lifestyle choices of LGBT persons and were “beyond the scope of the right freedom of religion or belief.” So evidently, the U.N. seems to think that the “narratives” of religious people are just that, not actual beliefs, while the beliefs and lifestyle choices of LGBT persons are actual beliefs. Madrigal-Borloz also did not elaborate on just exactly what the “right freedom of religion or belief” is. As one might expect, there was no alternative opinion offered to that of Madrigal-Borloz.

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Victor Madrigal-Borloz went on to paint people of faith from many different belief systems, such as Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Catholics, and of course, conservative Christians, with a very broad brush, saying that these groups place “negative moral judgment” on LGBT persons and practices. That judgment, he added, can stir up violence, discrimination, and exclusion, which ultimately leads to “severe and negative consequences for the personhood, dignity, and spirituality of LGBT persons.”

Madrigal-Borloz wasn’t done yet. He also expressed concern about “interpretations of religious doctrines that place homosexuality and gender nonconformity within a discourse of immorality and sin, describing the power that such discourse can have on the social acceptance of LGBT people, particularly when propagated by religious and belief leaders.” To recap, if you are a member of one of these faiths, if LGBT persons are treated badly, it’s your fault.

Throughout his address, Madrigal-Borloz cautioned against using religious freedom or belief to excuse violence or discrimination against LGBT persons, something no rational persons condone. But as liberals are wont to do, Madrigal-Borloz engaged in some linguistic gymnastics. He left out the crucial distinction between condoning violence and refusing to accept the LGBT belief system. He also did not use the word “discrimination” without following it with “violence,” apparently trying to convey to his audience the notion that, while neither is acceptable, it is impossible to have one without the other.

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Madrigal-Borloz was also asked to address concerns regarding religious leaders who might be viewed as encouraging different forms of hate speech or intolerance directed against LGBT persons, like characterizing them as threats to traditional families and interpreting their various religious doctrines in ways that would be seen as promoting any violence and discrimination. He stated, “LGBT persons can be especially vulnerable to hate speech, because the constant exposure to it can lead to exile, emotional distress, and suicidality.”

Madrigal-Borloz then got to the heart of his speech. He mentioned the United States Commission on Unalienable Rights, which released a report in 2020 that read in part, “Religious liberty enjoys ‘primacy in the American political tradition — as an unalienable right, an enduring limit on state power, and a protector of seedbeds of civic virtues.’” In addition to seemingly having a problem with the First Amendment, Madrigal-Borloz went on to decry such things as adoptions often being denied to same-sex couples and those who refuse services to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs.

What Victor Madrigal-Borloz does like, is humanism and its stance on gender identity. He stated that humanism “recognizes that sex is an evolved trait, with no intrinsic meaning” and “does not require rigidly defined sex or gender roles.” He concludes with the recommendation that faith leaders accept diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, as they present differently in all parts of the world. According to the U.N. expert, it is all about having the “right” belief.

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