By J C von Krempach, JD
After the defeat of the Estrela Report
, the time has come to turn our attention to the next attempt of radical and extremist groups in the European Parliament to embellish their agenda, and provide it with the appearance of legitimation, by the use of human rights vocabulary.
This new attempt comes in the guise of another “initiative report” (i.e. a motion for a resolution on matters falling outside the European Parliament’s competences and will therefore not be legally binding), this time authored by Ulrike Lunacek, an openly lesbian politician from Austria, who also is the co-chair of the European Parliament’s gay and lesbian caucus
. No wonder, therefore, that the draft takes a rather peculiar approach towards human rights, which strongly reminds of similar attempts of manipulating human rights through absurd re-interpretations, such as the so-called “Yogyakarta Principles”
The political strategy underlying this approach, which can be described as the systematic “queering” of human rights, is a dialectic masterpiece.
Not so long ago, the argument simply was that gays and lesbians, despite their un-normal sexual appetites, should nevertheless not be deprived of their human rights, as these rights are universal and apply to everyone irrespective of his or her merits. I just wonder whether anyone ever doubted it, but of course it is true: human rights are universal, and nobody must be deprived of them.
But then comes the second step of the “queering” strategy. A small transformation takes place: instead of affirming the principle of universality of human rights by saying that homosexuals, too, are entitled to them, the slogan now is: “LGBT Rights are Human Rights”. In other words, the universality of human rights is silently set aside, and the specific political agenda of a specific pressure group is now proclaimed to be “human rights” that enjoy absolute priority over the rights and interests of everyone else. Gays and lesbians are now defined as a group that is specifically worthy of consideration and protection, and the call for “equality” is now turned into a call for privilege, as if it were particularly meritorious to have a sexual appetite for persons of the same sex.
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