The Cost of Obama’s Global Initiative Fund

By Dale O’Leary

The Obama administration is setting up a Global Initiative Fund is to put pressure on religious groups and developing countries to change their views on homosexuality. The teachings of the great religions on homosexual acts are not based on fear or ignorance, but on a clear understanding of the truth about the human person, human development, health, and marriage. These teachings cannot be changed and the Obama administration surely knows this. So what is their goal? Simple: to marginalize people of faith.
If opposition to the GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered] agenda is considered the equivalent of racism and a manifestation of ‘homophobia,’ bigotry and hatred, then even if members of religions which reject the GLBT agenda are allowed to continue to hold such beliefs, they would become second class citizens in their own country, unable to participate as equals in political debate or public action. This is the true goal of Obama’s Global Initiative Fund.
In her Dec. 6 speech on human rights announcing the Fund, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued that “as long as LGBT people are kept in the shadows, there cannot be an effective public health program to tackle HIV and AIDS.” The facts do not support this statement. In the U.S., LGBT people are no longer in the shadows, but thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, there is still no effective public health program in place to prevent new infections. When the Obama administration pushes developing countries to embrace total tolerance of GLBT behavior, they do not mention the cost of tolerance of the ‘gay’ behavior, a cost that a rich country may be able to pay, but one developing countries may not want to shoulder. Each year in the U.S.approximately 30,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) are infected with HIV by other MSM, and 6,000 die. Currently, it is estimated that in the U.S. 500,000 MSM are HIV positive. Drug therapy can prolong the life of those infected for an average of 24 extra years at an estimated total cost of $618,900 per person.[1]

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