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  • Sunday, December 04, 2005

    Right-wing religious kooks meeting to set UN policy

    When the first Amendment doesn't matter... From American Progress:

    United Nations ambassador John Bolton is meeting with right-wing religious groups to set U.N. policy. In James Dobson's daily Focus on the Family broadcast, Dobson and Focus's president, Jim Daly, describe a private hour-long meeting they recently had with Bolton in New York. Dobson and Daly confirmed that they had an "opportunity to talk to him about the possibility of Focus on the Family working with the United Nations" and that Bolton "is pro-life and pro-family and he gave us an invitation to work with him in setting some policy there at the U.N. that would support the values we believe in." (People for the American Way has more on Focus's values.) Former U.N. ambassador and U.S. senator John Danforth wrote in the New York Times against government identifying solely with one religion, which is exactly what Bolton seems to be doing: "When government becomes the means of carrying out a religious program, it raises obvious questions under the First Amendment...and to advance the cause of one religious group is often to oppose the cause of another."

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