Clinton: "Religious Believes are an Obstacle to Human Rights"

Country: International

Date of incident: December 30, 2011

Religious believes are an obstacle to human rights, says US Secretary of State Mrs Hillary Clinton in a major foreign policy address in December 2011 in Geneva before United Nations delegates. Clinton identified "deeply-held … religious beliefs" as among "the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] people."

Criticizing those who "cite religious or cultural values" to oppose "LGBT" rights, Mrs. Clinton then made a doctrinal point: if properly understood, "religious traditions" actually support the progressive march of "human rights" and sanction homosexual behavior.