From Russia to Nigeria, from Slovakia to Australia a seemingly innocuous definition of a “natural family” is quietly being used to justify the criminalisation of abortion and LGBT rights. Pushing this definition is the World Congress of Families.
WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES
- Is an umbrella organisation with tentacles in over 80 countries worldwide
- Has an estimated “fighting” fund of $200 million annually
To impose a narrow, christian right definition of family as the international norm. Labelled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, it is based in Rockford, IL. it promotes and co-ordinates the exportation of anti- LGBT bigotry, ideology and legislation worldwide.
It co-ordinates groups of activists to spread anti-LGBT rhetoric and promotes laws and policies that criminalise the LGBT community around the world. Wonder why they are so involved and interested in European law? In many cases, the group have lost in the US. The laws cited were from a European Human Rights case, so they have decided to try to manipulate the laws in Europe so they won’t be able to cite a European practice in their law courts.
Having lost the battle to stop same-sex marriage in the US they are now on a mission.
The convention was held in Sydney in 2013, Melbourne in 2014 and in October 2015 it will debut in the US.
I first became aware of this “christian values group” on watching a Dispatches Documentary called Hunted: Gay and Afraid! A recommended watch I can tell you!
WCF’s global activities and influence had received hardly any public scrutiny. However, that all changed in June 2013. Russia passed its Anti- Propaganda law, which banned ” propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” and prompted a surge in violent attacks on the LGBT community throughout the country. Vigilante groups would lure gay people to meetings and then ambush and attack them .These horrific attacks went viral.
Bryan Brown ( President, National Organisation for Marriage) was key in the legislation, he put through Russian Parliament and even gave a speech to the committee for anti-gay laws. He actually appeared on Russian Television promoting WCF values. A man with highly dubious motives one would suggest!
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH – ANTI LGBT LAWS PASSED ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS.
Larry Jacobs ( Managing Director of WCF ) has made frequent trips to Russia and we can hazard a guess they weren’t holidays. On being questioned on Dispatches he would not agree that anti-gay legislation was linked to the rise in LGBT attacks. Alas, His ignorance was palpable.
Johnathan Cooper – Human Dignity Trust: ” These laws encourage hostility, incite hatred and violence and are against International Human Rights Law! ” There has been a 750% increase in homophobic attacks.
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY – THERE IS A STRONG CONNECTION WITH DISCRIMINATION IN THE LAW AND INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION
The “Alliance Defending Freedom” another organisation under the umbrella of WCF was fundamentally involved in the “Stop same-sex marriage” referendum which was to take place in February 2015.
In order to get a referendum in Slovakia they needed 350,000 votes. The Catholic Church played a key role in pushing for this, including having copies of the document placed in churches ready to be signed by the congregation.
The WCF used legal support to promote their ideology in the referendum bid. They have Daniel Lipsic, a Slovakian Constitutional Attorney who also happens to be a Member of the Slovakian Parliament on their side. He was paid by them to prepare an “amicus brief”, and whilst working for them he has received huge payoffs, for example in 2012 alone, he received 78,000 Euros, which would double his annual salary as an MP.
Needless to say the referendum did go ahead in February 2015 but alas with a turn out of only 21% was declared invalid and failed.
With the help of American Evangelist Pastor Scott Lively (another “friend” of WCF) Uganda drafted its Anti-Gay legislation. A piece of legislation that has caused untold misery to the LGBT community, many being attacked and forced to leave their homes and jobs.
To add to this, appalling public lynching’s and beatings have taken place!
Dispatches interviewed Mr Lively and his bigotry knew no bounds. Interviewed in his “Holy Grounds Coffee Shop come Church in Springfield, Mass, he refused to discuss his lack of human rights. In discussing his rallies he had held in Uganda to incite hatred he persisted in saying homosexuality was the cause of paedophilia. Asking if he agreed he had incited violence with the new legislation, he denied the proof when given from Amnesty International, UN, HRW and SMUG saying they were not reliable sources.
Scott Lively is currently facing civil action in the US for crimes against humanity in relation to his activities in Uganda.
WCF CONVENTION 2015 – SALT LAKE CITY
As a sworn constitutional officer, my duties as Mayor include protecting every individuals right to assembly and free speech. That said, the stated goals of the WCF do not reflect the values of Salt Lake City. We were the first city in Utah to adopt a non discrimination ordinance regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and it is my hope that during this groups time in Salt Lake City they can learn from our communities commitment to inclusion, acceptance and equality for all
– The World Congress of Families says it advocates “The Natural Family” but that it doesn’t mean they disrespect everyone else. I beg to differ!!
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