Ken Blackwell

Now, Sec. Hillary Clinton has gone to Geneva to promote Human Rights. She spoke with respect to the UN’s Human Rights Council. There, Mrs. Clinton spoke to delegates from such tyrannical regimes as Libya (suspended), China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Cuba. About Human Rights?

As former Libyan diplomats and Cuban refugees have told us, they sit at these UN conference tables with guns at their heads—figuratively, if not literally. And it was to this body that Hillary Clinton came, hat in hand, to apologize for America ’s mistreatment of homosexuals.

Surely, Madame Secretary includes in her list of mea culpas the efforts of 32 states to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman. According to the Obama administration, it is “discrimination” not to accord marital rights to same-sex couplings.

This is the same UN that cheered the rabidly anti-American, violently anti-Israel speeches of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and which colluded for decades in the murderous dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. Don’t ask what respect Gaddafi gave to women’s rights. He filled his days with wild rants and his nights with Viagra.

Ahmadinejad’s homicidal regime in Iran is the leading exporter of terror in the world. The Obama offered Iran “an open hand and not a clenched fist.” How will this administration be able to stop Iran from hanging young homosexual men when it cannot stop them from supplying weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah?

In these two speeches, delivered an ocean apart, we see the fruits of a failed administration, forever pursuing the wrong remedies for many problems they have either made or made worse. Human rights are indeed vitally important. This administration cares less about religious liberty—that firm foundation upon which civil rights stand—than it does about pandering to the bundlers of campaign donations.

Every person should be free to “sit under his own vine and fig tree,” in the beautiful words of Scripture quoted to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport by our first president, George Washington. “And there should be none to make him afraid.”

That magnificent address has been the watchword for America at her best. That is the message President Obama and Sec. Clinton should be taking to a world in need.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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