A little-known Arizona nonprofit is a big player in eroding human rights worldwide.
There is little question that recent battles regarding same-sex marriages have energized the religious right. The Mormons have piled on, too. Truth is, they have been quietly on the offensive for years.When it comes to what they see as the sanctity of the family, they don't pull any punches. Theirs is an entirely a pro-active strategy. Part of that strategy, I believe, is to characterize homosexuality in such a manner as to make it an eventual candidate for recriminalization. Barring that, and in this regard they are quite open, they aspire to "re-pathologize" (my term) homosexuality as a "developmental disorder" (their term).
Question:What nonprofit organization ties the Church of the Latter Day Saints, the Arizona Republican Party, the "King" of Ghana, the United Nations, John McCain challenger J.D. Hayworth, and a virulently anti-gay agenda? Try United Families International, an organization whose publicly stated exempt purpose is, "to research and educate on issues relating to the family unit and to provide humanitarian aid to disadvantaged children and families at the local, national, and international levels. Their focus, they say, is to "provide legal analysis and peer-reviewed scholarly research in support of UN delegates working to preserve the family." Their best-known international program is the Stay Alive program, an anti-gay, abstinence-based educational program aimed at youth in African nations like Ghana.
Steve Klingaman is a nonprofit development consultant and nonfiction writer living in Minneapolis. His music reviews can be found at minor7th.com.
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