NY Times Warns Pompeo's Human Rights Panel Sabotaged by His Faith

NewsBusters | 7/10/2019 | Staff
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The New York Times wrung its hands over Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s review of the U.S. government’s international human rights policy, using his Christian faith against him while using the most liberal definition of human rights to try and paint the Trump administration as reactionary and anti-gay: “New Human Rights Panel Spurs Misgivings.”

Tuesday’s report by Edward Wong and Eileen Sullivan began with subtle warnings that the paper did not approve of the new mission, or of Pompeo getting his faith intertwined with the administration's policy positions.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that he was installing a human rights advisory panel in the State Department, and named a conservative law professor as its chairwoman, to review and tighten the agency’s definition of human rights and ensure it is grounded in the “nation’s founding principles” and a 1948 United Nations declaration.

The State Department already houses an internal bureau that oversees human rights issues. But the new panel, which Mr. Pompeo said would examine “the role of human rights in American foreign policy,” will not be managed by the bureau and was created without substantial input from its experts and officials.


The announcement, along with a blunt commentary by Mr. Pompeo that was published in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, raised worries among human rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers that Mr. Pompeo is moving to curtail State Department advocacy for some rights, particularly ones related to women’s health and reproduction and gay and transgender issues.

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But the paper was only able to paint such a grim picture for gay rights by ignoring the administration’s call for decriminalization of homosexuality overseas, a liberal stand the Times has bizarrely tried to denigrate.

Mr. Pompeo is an evangelical Christian who is open about how his religious beliefs help shape actions and policies. In March, Mr. Pompeo...
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