Marianna Orlandi
Marianna Orlandi

In a rather mundane post expressing outrage at the World Bank’s outreach to LGBT people, C-Fam’s Marianna Orlandi reveals the kind of ignorance that contributes to C-Fam’s status as a designated hate group. As for the World Bank:

On the “International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia” (IDAHOT 2017) an incredible number of events and activities focused on the rights of individuals who identify as members of the LGBTIQ community will take place all around the world.

Readers might be surprised to learn that the World Bank
will be one of the biggest sponsors of this advocacy. As reported on
its website, on May 17, the World Bank will organize and participate in a
series of events in Bangkok, Salzburg, and Washington, DC, to
commemorate IDAHOT 2017.

Then comes the first moronic statement:

As of today, human rights remain as universal as they were in 1948. They
belong equally to all human beings, regardless of their sexual
preferences, habits, or feelings.

Really? Perhaps once you redefine human sexuality to conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church that might be correct. However, neither sexual orientation nor gender identity can be labeled as preferences, habits or feelings. Suggesting otherwise is not only intellectually dishonest but highly offensive.

Orlandi insists on the pretension of tacking on PhD after her name. She has a

doctorate in criminal law from University of Padua in Italy. Although she calls herself a public relations specialist, her title at C-Fam is policy research analyst.

Things take a turn for the worse.

On May 16, a joint press release by UN and international human rights experts, called for protections of “trans and gender diverse children.”

Yes, children.

Regardless on one’s views on LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, or on
“gender as a social construct,” I am deeply troubled at the idea that a
child should be addressed based upon his/her sexual preferences.  I
think we should all be.

Yes, you are deeply disturbed and there’s that preferences thing again. It is just idiotic. There are gay children and there are gender nonconforming children. They are fully recognized in the scientific literature. If Ms. Orlandi has more intellectual curiosity than I suspect then she would benefit from watching the PBS documentary Growing Up Trans which can be viewed online. It is not flawless but it is a start.

I can assure Ms. Orlandi that no child ever raised his or her hand to volunteer to be a sexual minority (who would then have to endure the religion-based invective from people like Ms. Orlandi). That defies common sense.

Intended or not, the inference is that by recognizing the sexual differences in children we are causing them to become gay or gender nonconforming. That is simply absurd. Sexuality is not a learned behavior. Our sexuality contributes to the core of who we are as people (including children). Suggesting that any of this is some kind of habit to be avoided is spectacular stupidity and it is not harmless. This kind of ignorance forms the basis of, and justification for, the persecution of people because they are different.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.