Monday, February 29, 2016

Controversial gay stamps: UN Sec. Gen. under pressure to resign

United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon

Pressure continues to mount on the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon to resign his position over what has been described as his blatant disregard for the sensibilities of member states in his decision to authorize the release of offending gay and lesbian stamps for public use.

On 5th February 2016 the United Nations Postal Administration officially released four homosexual and transgender postal stamps for public use, ostensibly aimed at promoting gay and transgender rights in the world. One of the postal stamps depicts a homosexual couple carrying a child.

Another is a putrid display of two naked lesbians frontally holding each other, caressing and kissing. Another postal stamp shows two homosexuals embracing and kissing while the fourth stamp shows a butterfly that symbolises transgenderism.

The stamps, which carry the homosexual UN slogan “Free and Equal” in various languages, have cause intense outrage and drawn swift condemnation from around the world, but UN Assistant Secretary-General Stephen Cutts in response, says: “We need to change attitudes.”

Last week, in a press statement circulated widely across the African continent, a Lagos-based lawyer Mr Sonnie Ekwowusi added his voice to the call for Ban Ki-Moon's resignation, and for the UN chief to render unqualified apology to the UN Member States for unilaterally deciding to release the gay stamps without clearance from them.

According to Mr. Ekwowusi, International law is founded on consensus, and not on unilateral decision of the minority. “If nations have not come together and agreed that homosexuality and transgenderism should become a binding international law, why should Ban Ki-Mon and a few others go from behind and impose homosexuality and transgenderism on the rest of mankind?” he quizzed, adding that “The consensus reached at the various United Nations Conferences, is that all policies and action programmes of the United Nations must conform to the purposes and Charter of the United Nations and must reflect the diverse social, economic and environmental conditions of each country, with full respect for their religious, cultural backgrounds and philosophical convictions”.

Mr. Ekwowusi, therefore, argues that “It is a big scandal, probably, the biggest scandal in the history of the United Nations for Ban Ki-Mon and a few others to unilaterally release the aforesaid offensive gay stamps without a clearance from the UN Member States.

Nigeria's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Usman Sarki has also berated the United Nations under Ban Ki-Mon for releasing gay stamps that assault the religious and cultural sensibilities of the UN Member States. According to Sarki, “… we wish to remind the UN to limit itself strictly to activities mandated by Member States and especially to promote issues that are beneficial to mankind rather than lend itself as tool to promote aberrant behavior under the guise of promoting human rights.”

The release of the stamps must have prompted renowned Ghanaian preacher and motivational speaker Pastor Mensah Otabil to describe gay and lesbianism as “senseless”, during a sermon in Accra last week.

According to a New American report filed last year: “Almost half of the UN's member states still criminalises homosexual activity, and eight of those have laws punishing homosexuality with death. Just one in 10 UN member governments recognises the imagined “human right” to a “homosexual marriage.

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