I am sending you the text (below) of a recent article from
LifeSiteNews.com that will help to explain why I have begun to
give a lot of time and attention to the international scene.
While things are bad in the US, they are worse in the EU, and we
know from Lawrence v. Texas (the case that struck down US sodomy
laws) that our own Supreme Court is now following Europe’s lead.
As you may know, I “minored” in International Human Rights Law
in law school, including a summer program in Strasbourg, France,
administered by the United Nations. In a couple of weeks I will
be speaking at the World Congress of Families IV in Warsaw. I
will use the opportunity to offer my assistance in any
litigation that may arise in the European Courts.
This is a critical strategic battle because unlike the US
situation, it involves treaty law, not the internal
constitutional law of a sovereign nation. If pro-family
countries can defeat or slow the homosexual agenda in this area
of law, it would possibly open the door to litigation through
the treaties that the US has signed. Please be in prayer about
SECONDLY, since we’re dealing with legal matters, I am still
co-counsel on the Good News v. City of Oakland case, which is
right now being prepared for appeal to the US Supreme Court. We
need donations to help pay the costs of the appeal. Please
consider donating to this need at
defendthefamily.com/help/donate.php. As you may recall, our
clients are African-American Christian women who were threatened
with termination from their city jobs for posting a flyer
inviting fellow employees to respect “the natural family,
marriage and family values” in the workplace. The Federal Ninth
Circuit Court ruled that the City had the right to censor this
phrase under its anti-discrimination policy. We don’t believe
the present Supreme Court will have such low esteem for the
First Amendment. Please pray that it will agree to hear our
appeal (only a very small percent are accepted for review).
Dr. Scott Lively
Here’s the article:
European Parliament Passes Resolution Vowing to Take
'Homophobic' Countries to Court
Slams Poland as "Hateful" for Failing to Allow Promotion of
Homosexuality in Schools
By John-Henry Westen
BRUSSELS, April 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a disgraceful
debate in the European Parliament (EP) yesterday, Members of the
European Parliament from France, the Netherlands and Italy,
among others, vilified Poland as "hateful" and "repulsive" for
refusing to allow promotion of homosexuality in schools.
A vote was held today to approve an EP resolution chastising
Poland for 'homophobia.' The resolution - adopted by 325 votes
to 124, with 150 abstentions - calls for a fact-finding mission
to be sent to Poland, for "worldwide de-criminalisation of
homosexuality" and for the Commission to take Member States to
court if they breach their EU obligations.
At issue was a proposed law in Poland which would forbid
"homosexual propaganda" in schools. Explaining the legislation
earlier this year, Roman Giertych, Poland's minister of
education: "One must limit homosexual propaganda so that
children won't have an improper view of family"
Beginning the debate in the EP France's MEP Rour Martine called
statements in defense of the traditional family by Polish
parliamentarians, "diatribes" and noted that they "must stop",
adding that they were "repulsive" and "hateful". "These are not
Europe's values," she proclaimed.
The statements from France were supported by Sophia in't Veld of
the Netherlands who also accused the Polish government of
"hatred" and demanded action rather than words from the EU
Italy's Giusto Catania joined in the attack on Poland adding an
attack on the church as well which he said never stopped in
expressing hatred toward homosexuals.
Some of the MEPs from Poland and Northern Ireland walked out of
the debate as a protest, however those who remained gave a
strong defence of their positions. Poland's Konrad Szymanski
said that the debate was evidence that the "European Paliament
can be led by the nose by a group of extremist politicians."
But the most powerful response came from Poland's Bogdan Pek.
"This was an artificial piece of theatre," he said. "An attempt
to carry out an assault on a particular member state that a
bunch of liberals and lefties disapprove of." Pek continued,
"For God's sake, in the recent histories of your countries there
has been persecution - persecution of Jews for example who took
refuge in Poland."
"Poland is a tolerant, hospitable country. It is absurd to
suggest that Poland is an island of intolerance in Europe. That
is an insult and a lie. A cynical manipulation which is designed
to pull the wool over the European public's eyes. I protest
against that form of manipulation and falsehood," he concluded.
Despite such a spirited defence, comments by the leaders of EU
governing body indicated that there was to be no tolerance for
ideas which would view homosexual acts as unnatural. European
commissioner for equal opportunity, Vladimir Spidla, said of the
proposed Polish educational legislation banning promotion of
homosexuality: "Such a law, if it were to emerge, would be in
contradiction with the European human rights convention and the
EU charter on fundamental rights."
In the resolution passed today, MEPs urge the Polish authorities
"to refrain from proposing or adopting a law as described by the
Vice Prime Minister and Polish Minister of education". They
demand a fact-finding mission into Poland regarding
'homophobia', and threaten court action on Poland or any other
member nation unwilling to submit to EU rights conventions which
they have interpreted to disallow a government from forbidding
homosexual promotion in schools.
In Warsaw, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski commented on
the EP resolution saying: "Nobody is limiting gay rights in
Poland. However, if we're talking about not having homosexual
propaganda in Polish schools, I fully agree with those who feel
this way - such propaganda should not be in schools; it
definitely doesn't serve youth well."