I have a good idea. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I truly think that people who run human rights agencies for governments ought to support human rights.
Cue fireworks! But that’s what I think. Call me a dangerous radical, but that’s what I think.
Not so the Brazilian House of Representatives, apparently.
A row has erupted in Brazil after the House of Representatives elected an evangelical politician with homophobic views to run the country’s Human Rights and Minority Commission.
Hmmyes you see that’s my point – I think that’s a bad fit.
Marco Feliciano has previously said AIDS is a gay cancer and that Africans are cursed.
The Latin America Bureau reports he stated: “Noah’s curse on his grandson, Canaan, lingers in Africa, therefore leading to all the hunger, diseases, ethnic wars.”
In another comment, he wrote that the “rot of homosexual feelings leads to hatred, crime, rejection”.
Is that the right kind of experience and training for a job running the country’s Human Rights and Minority Commission? I say no. I realize that sounds strange and unfamiliar, but nevertheless – I say no.