The United Nations has taken a vote (that passed) on condemning countries for the ““imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”.
The United Staes and several other countries voted against the resolution, and, of course, is now being accused by the leftist media of being anti-LGBT for not jumping on the bandwagon.
But here's the reality: the resolution does not seek to enact any measures other than to say that they “condemn” the use of the death penalty in these countries. It will not take any actions, and it will not apply any sanctions…So what's the point? It is nothing but a massive exercise in virtue signaling.
We should all be appalled at countries that punish people for their sexual orientation, but this act of ego-stroking without actually doing anything is shocking in itself.
These are the countries that have the death penalty for same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, and Somalia. If any of these countries seem to have been in the news recently, that's because of President Trump's travel restrictions which include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
So three of these countries actually already have sanctions imposed on them by the US, which is a hell of a lot more than the UN is willing to do.
Virtue signaling achieves nothing. This resolution does nothing but let the nations' leaders feel good about themselves. If they were serious about doing anything at all, perhaps they should follow President Trump's example?