When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the formation of a Universal Human Rights Commission, there was concern that it was really a religious right stalking horse. Those fears are now confirmed after Pompeo gave a speech saying that the commission sought to limit human rights to those right that God, in their estimation. would agree with.
But we have watched the State Department, this concept of human rights just be trampled upon where everything became a human right, and things that we all know as Christian believers aren’t part of the inherent dignity of a human being became rights, and we would send out cables all across the world saying, well, we have to go do this because that’s part of some right or human right, and it was—it ran—it didn’t have a moral underpinning or logic to it. And so, I set about creating a group that would study this, review this, and with the mission set to say, what are those unalienable rights? What are the set of God-given rights that every human being possesses by nature of their humanness? So, by middle of May or first of June, we will have that report come back. And I think it will return America’s understanding of human rights—at least at the State Department, I hope more broadly—back to the fundamental moorings of the Judeo-Christian tradition on which this country was founded, to take this idea of rights and human rights back to the foundational ideas that have made this civilization, this country here, so unique and so special. I’m really looking forward to having that report complete and then sharing that with my team and with the world.
Welcome to the religious right’s theocratic wet dream.