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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The UN Grows a Sense of Purpose... Sort Of

The United Nations has just come out with a withering condemnation of the Vatican (and by extension, the Catholic Church), for "…adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades", and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes".  [source]

As positive a sign as it may be that the UN might actually be taking an interest in real world issues, I can't help but wonder why they didn't find the time or wherewithal to also criticize Muslim regimes where homosexuals are routinely executed, women's rights are non-existent, pre-pubescent child brides are married off to old men and sometimes die as a result of internal injuries sustained on their wedding night, rape victims are stoned to death as 'adulterers', and 'honor killing' of daughters and wives is a widespread and accepted practice.

Oh, I remember now.  Despite hosting an organization (The UN Human Rights Commission), specifically created to address such heinous institutional/systemic crimes carried out by member states, they will never get around to even mentioning such crimes committed by Muslim regimes for the simple reason that it would be disrespectful of their ancient and peaceful culture. After all, if a simple disrespectful cartoon was enough to spark worldwide riots that resulted in thousands of injuries and more than 200 deaths globally, what would be the result of a formal condemnation?

Not to worry, it will never be necessary to test my theory because the moment the UN would criticize the Muslim world for their 7th century behavior, it would be a tacit acknowledge that Israel is the only country in the entire region with a successful and positive human rights record for practicing first world legal norms, protecting women, children, homesexuals and disabled from discrimination/persecution, and assuring the autonomy and freedom of religious and ethnic minorities.  

Posted by David Bogner on February 5, 2014 | Permalink

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Well said. Remember also that Christians are an enemy of the red/green alliance

Posted by: F Callen | Feb 5, 2014 8:17:39 PM

It's easy for them to condemn the Catholic Church; they won't be targeted for this. It would be harder to investigate sexual and other misconduct done under UN supervision, but I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: Old Curmudgeon | Feb 6, 2014 1:22:19 AM

On a bit of a tangent, many others were finding it ironic for the UN to be criticizing the Catholic Church along these lines given UN peacekeepers' well-documented record of rape in many of their missions in Africa.

Posted by: Jonathan | Feb 10, 2014 2:47:10 AM

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