Gay rights activists were left disappointed this weekend as the Commonwealth ignored their demands to legalise homosexual acts.
Calls from Australia and Canada at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Western Australia, echoing William Hague’s earlier speech to the Commonwealth People’s Forum, were opposed by African, Asian and Caribbean nations. Only Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have enacted full gay rights. India’s High Court legalised sodomy and gross indecency in 2009, and South Africa has legalised homosexual activity in line with their pro-gay constitution, but both have stopped way short of the kind of measures which have seen Christians targeted by homosexual activists in the United Kingdom.
This positive outcome is a victory for righteousness and comes after Christian Voice organised a campaign of prayer throughout the Commonwealth. Christian Voice also exposed Michael Kirby, the Australian delegate who put down the motion to legalise unnatural acts as an obsessive homosexual.
We give God the glory that David Cameron was left blustering on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he would use foreign aid to enforce his view, but admitting that any country’s position on gay rights was just ‘one of the things that will determine our aid policy’ and recognising that ‘they are in a different place to us on this issue’, suggested by Andrew Marr as ‘some sort of bizarre Western fetish’. You can watch the interview until 5th November 2011.
The reality is that Britain must get rid of its overseas aid budget somewhere. If it refuses to give aid to those African and Caribbean nations which view sodomy with disgust, it is a bit stuck. However, in the past it has used aid ‘creatively’ to support projects aimed at softening up populations to accept immorality and feminism.
The Department for International Development is targeting its aid to fewer countries. Its website says: ‘Our resources and impact will be concentrated on 27 countries which account for three quarters of global maternal mortality and nearly three quarters of global malaria deaths: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan,Tanzania, Uganda,Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.’
If International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell takes out all the countries which criminalise sodomy, he will be left with Burma, the Congo, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, South Africa and Tajikistan. Public displays of homosexuality are a cultural taboo in pretty well all of them. Those committing homosexual acts in Congo, for example, are prosecuted under public decency laws. So are the children of all or the vast majority of current British aid recipients going to be denied secure schooling, vaccination, safe drinking water and improved sanitation? Does Cameron want women to die in pregnancy and childbirth and newborn babies to die needlessly without British aid?
Actually, African voices are beginning to voice the idea that foreign aid does more harm than good and if it is going to be attached to pro-gay strings the argument is made all the stronger. A good argument is made that foreign aid is there to make our politicians look caring for their own political advantage.
By a picture of a smirking Mitchell, the DfID website also says it wants to ‘help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning’. Mitchell is one of the House of Commons’ most pro-gay and pro-abortion MPs. If ‘modern family planning ‘ means abortion, and if the British Government is going to use foreign aid to campaign for that as well as for gay rights, these aid recipients are better off without it.