Christians May Lose Freedom of Religion if UN Declares Sexual Orientation as Human Right

( [email protected] ) Mar 17, 2004 07:39 PM EST

Focus on the Family (FOTF) is urging Christians speak out against homosexuality. The sanctity of marriage faces jeopardy if the United Nations passes a resolution proposed by Brazil that will consider sexual orientation a human right.

The United Nations began their six-week meeting on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland and will address Brazil’s proposal that sexual orientation be added to "the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family."

Last year, Egypt strongly opposed a similar resolution proposed by Brazil but the matter was postponed until this year.

Through the Citizen Link, FOTF is calling on all Christians to raise their voices in order to win the battle to preserve marriage. The public is encouraged by FOTF to write a pair of letters or e-mails to support the Egyptian leaders in their fight. Egypt is part of a 53 member commission of the United Nations.

Thomas Jacobson, a Focus on the Family liaison to the United Nations, stressed that the resolution is a pivotal player in the battle against homosexuality.

"If this resolution passes and becomes international policy, a special U.N. adviser will be appointed to monitor nations for compliance," Jacobson explained. "Nations will be pressured to make 'sexual orientation' a human right and add it to their non-discrimination statutes.”

Pandora’s box may open if the resolution is passed because the “sexual orientation” is not defined any U.N. document and the resolution.

"Because of this," he said, "any type of so-called sexual orientation could be viewed as a 'human right': homosexuality, bisexuality, pedophilia, transgenderism, voyeurism, sadism, bestiality, etc."

If the resolution which guises sexual orientation as being a human right, Christians may lose their freedom of speech and religion.

Jacboson said, “We can see the implications by looking at nations that have already done so. The Swedes have already lost their freedom of speech and freedom of religion – two pastors were arrested last year for, in their own churches, reading Scripture and saying homosexuality was wrong."

The International Gay & Lesbian Association has already launched a Web site and received 45,000 signatures to support the Brazilian resolution. Pro-family voices that speak up will make the difference, according to Jacobson.

"While U.S. citizens are accustomed to influencing government officials through voting, letters, phone calls and e-mails, this is not true in the vast majority of nations," Jacobson said. "A few hundred e-mails or faxes to a country's mission in New York City could have a profound impact, and could greatly encourage the officials to take a strong stand for what they already know is right."

To sign a petition opposing the Brazilian resolution, go to

FOTF indicates the first letter should be mailed to: H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the second letter mailed to: H.E. Mr. Ahmed Maher, Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The letters to Egypt U.N. leaders should be faxed to 212-949-5999; or e-mail them to [email protected]