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Piero Tozzi at LifeNews: In sum, a majority of justices ruled as judges should, upholding the law and respecting the principles of legislative deference and federalism. The activists were thwarted in their effort to impose their will on the entire nation. Alliance Defending Freedom submitted an amicus brief in favor of the state amendments.
Piero Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: This Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which serves as the hub for much of the United Nations’ various human rights activities – and, indeed, a good deal of its mischief too – recently sent out a request to civil society organizations for submissions on what concerns it should put on its agenda for 2014-2017.
Piero Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: The Mexican Supreme Court yesterday upheld two state constitutional amendments from Oaxaca and Guanajuato that had protected life from “conception,” rejecting an attempt by two pro-abortion justices to reopen an issue that many had hoped was closed by a 2011 Supreme Court decision.
The Mexican Supreme Court did not allow pro-abortion ideologues to reopen a settled issue–that half of the states of Mexico can continue to declare in their state constitutions that life must be protected from the moment of conception.
Freedom of religion and conscience is a basic and essential human right. This statement calls for the church worldwide to pray for persecuted Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities being forced out of Syria and to petition the United Nations to pay particular attention to their plight.
Matthew Hoffman and Dr. Piero Tozzi talk about acting movements pro-life and pro-family program in Brazilian radio ANAJURE
After addressing the meeting as being of RLP in Turkey and also bring a panel with the facts about the Civil Liberties fundamental for the world, (the example of Cuba, Venezuela, Pakistan, Presbyterian missionaries arrested in Senegal, among other news) , the Program Radio ANAJURE in the day received its second journalist correspondent LifeSiteNews, Matthew Hoffman, and Dr. Piero Tozzi (ADF / USA) who discussed errors and successes of the movement pro-life and pro-family in the U.S. and Brazil.
Piero Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: As reported in last week’s Friday Fax, Alliance Defending Freedom took the floor recently at a General Assembly forum on how to reform United Nations Treaty Bodies, calling on the Treaty Bodies not to usurp functions that do not rightfully belong to them.
LifeSiteNews: Brazilian lawmakers are seeking pass a law prohibiting “homophobia,” which would potentially outlaw all criticism of homosexual behavior. The bill is part of the country’s criminal code reform currently being undertaken in the National Congress, according to members of Brazil’s newly-formed National Association of Evangelical Jurist (ANAJURE). (Piero Tozzi in the video)
Manila Standard Today: Piero Tozzi of Alliance Defending Freedom complained that the ruling turned the right to life on its head and subordinated it to so many other secondary rights.
BioNews: Piero Tozzi, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organisation of Christian leaders, said: ‘A preliminary reading of the ruling indicates that the Court elevated secondary rights-such as the right to privacy, a right to personal autonomy, and a right to sexual and reproductive health-above the right to life, which by necessity takes precedence over all the other rights’.
Is International Planned Parenthood Abetting Criminal Activity? | Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond
Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Carmen Barroso sent around an e-mail today soliciting year-end donations. She illustrates the role IPPF plays throughout the Western Hemisphere by telling the story of Valeria, a young Argentine woman:
Piero A. Tozzi at C-FAM: Late last week the Inter-American Court on Human Rights struck down a Costa Rican law that banned in vitro fertilization, ruling that the restrictions violated rights to privacy, personal autonomy and “sexual and reproductive health” under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR), commonly known as the Pact of San José. The Court further ruled that that a human embryo lacks the legal status of “person.” The 5-1 decision, Murillo v. Costa Rica . . . | also posted at LifeSiteNews
Austin Ruse at The Catholic Thing: Last week the court struck down a Costa Rican law that banned in vitro fertilization. Piero Tozzi of Alliance Defending Freedom explains that the court ruled such “restrictions violated rights to privacy, personal autonomy, and ‘sexual and reproductive health’ under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR), commonly knows as the Pact of San José.” He says the Court also “ruled that a human embryo lacks the legal status of a ‘person,’” and that life begins not at conception, but at implantation – even though the ACHR is the only international treaty that explicitly protects the right to life “from conception.”
Piero Tozzi reports at Turtle Bay and Beyond: Late yesterday the Inter-American Court of Human Rights released a lengthy opinion (Murillo et al. v. Costa Rica, dated November 28, 2012) holding that Costa Rica’s law which protects life at its earliest stages by prohibiting in vitro fertilization violates the American Convention on Human Life. In so doing, the Court turned the Convention, which protects the right to life “from conception,” on its head.. . . Alliance Defending Freedom, C-FAM and Americans United for Life submitted a brief to the Court on article 4 of the American Convention, which is the article containing protection of life “from conception.”
Interview with Mr Piero Tozzim of Defending Freedom Alliance, a defender of life . . . There is something truly ironic and downright perverse that the United States is currently promoting the civilization of death, not only in their area, but also abroad. Meanwhile, in the post-communist countries are reborn movements for the defense of life and the renewal of Christian identity – says Mr Piero Tozzi, American lawyer and defender of life . . .
Pieor Tozzi appeared on the The Naked Constitution Podcast by Ricochet.com with host Adam Freedman. “This week, we go to the barricades to defend religious freedom. We’re joined by Piero Tozzi from the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), an organization on the front lines of the battle. We explore the original understanding of the Establishment Clause as a federalism provision and not – as it has become – a requirement of radical secularism. We also talk about the Free Exercise clause, and how “progressives” have cast it aside. Finally, Piero treats us to a lively discussion of the culture of death, and why the preservation of religion is so important. It’s everything you wanted to know about sects, but were afraid to ask!” | alternative MP3 audio 56:33 mins
Piero Tozzi at the Bell Towers: Restoring dignity to the Office of President is not something to be taken lightly – character matters, and the President should be a role model. Integrity radiates from the top: as Confucius noted, the virtuous ruler is like the pole star, setting the standard for those around him. When those in high office act virtuously, people are inspired to virtue. And when that happens, young lads stop cussin’ around the house… Actually Confucius did not say that last bit, but of this much I am confident: there will be no more upending the ottoman in an effort to reach the remote in order to hit the mute button and prevent an assault on tender ears when a President Romney or his minions speak.
DiarioPanorama.com (translation from Spanish by Google): The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID, for its acronym in Spanish) announced on World Contraception Day partnership with international donors to distribute Jadelle (second generation Norplant) among women poor in developing countries. This contraceptive is not marketed for use in more affluent countries. The product was developed by the Population Council, a group known for its eugenic roots. “The most likely eugenic goals will be attained under another name than that of eugenics” wrote Frederick Osborn, the first president of the Population Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller III in the fifties . . . One of the topics discussed was related to the interaction between domestic legislation and the institutions that protect the life and “soft law” transnationalist, that pro-abortion activists demanding liberalization of practice frequently mentioned. Nikolas Nikas, the Bioethics Defense Fund presented a panel on international law which was attended by Jane Adolphe, Ave Maria University, Stefano Gennarini, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM Friday Fax editor) and Piero Tozzi, Defending the Freedom Alliance. Another of the speakers was Francisco Javier Borrego Borrego, former member of the European Court of Human Rights
Piero Tozzi at C-FAM: European and American pro-life academics and practitioners gathered late last month at the University of Warsaw for a conference on the “Intellectual Foundations and Legal Means for the Protection of Human Life in the Prenatal Phase.” The event was under the High Honorary Patronage of Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxemburg, the Honorary Patronage by His Highness Paul, Duke of Oldenburg, and Poland’s Minister of Justice, Dr. Jaroslaw Gowin . . . One of the themes explored involved the interplay between domestic law and constitutions protective of life and transnationalist “soft law” norms, which are often cited by abortion activists as requiring abortion liberalization. Nikolas Nikas of the Bioethics Defense Fund introduced a panel on international law which featured Jane Adolphe of Ave Maria University, Stefano Gennarini of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM, publisher of the Friday Fax) and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Piero Tozzi.
Piero Tozzi at The Bell Towers: Conventional thinking gives Ryan and his party the advantage when it comes to “subsidiarity” – the principle that political and economic decisions are best made at the level closest to those affected by them rather than by a top-down centralized bureaucracy – while crediting the Democrats for their commitment to “solidarity” – acting on behalf of the most poor and marginalized out of an assumed authentic altruism.
Report: “Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa”
PublicEye.org (authored by Kapya John Kaoma and published by Political Research Associates): Conference panelists varied from a new brand of less vitriolic pro-traditional family advocates such as Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at University of Virginia, to Piero Tozzi, an attorney for the right-wing Christian group the Alliance Defense Fund, to Floyd Godfrey, a practitioner of the harmful and discredited practice of reparative or conversion therapy for “treating” same-sex attraction . . . The ACLJ is now one of the principal legal advocacy groups in the conservative movement, along with the Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel, the Liberty Institute, and the Thomas More Law Center.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Piero Tozzi gave a speech to the World Congress of Families in Madrid in which he discusses how human rights are being used to advance the homosexual agenda and what that means in an international context. Here’s a link to the speech. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can also read the transcript in English.
Piero Tozzi at C-FAM: As pro-life and pro-family leaders from around the world gathered in Madrid over the last weekend in May for the Sixth World Congress of Families, the man of the hour was clearly Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla. The Spanish bishop’s plainspoken honesty regarding the destructiveness of homosexual acts in the months leading up to the Congress earned him the enmity of leftwing rights activists and a standing ovation from conference participants.
Piero Tozzi at C-FAM: My colleagues at the Friday Fax reported last week that the “Latex Left” lost at the just ended UN Commission on the Population and Development, that they came away “empty handed.” With respect, I disagree with this assessment. International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and its allies scored a victory. What they got was a (non-binding) declaration setting funding priorities that calls for “comprehensive” sexual education for youth and adolescents, marginalized parental involvement, and increased funding for “reproductive health-care services, commodities and supplies.”
InsideCostaRica: According to Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi, ADF pointed out that Costa Rica was acting within its sovereign capacity in outlawing the procedure, which almost always results in the destruction of “spare” human lives at the embryonic stage of development. ADF argued that the Court should grant Costa Rica a “margin of appreciation,” whereby it may decide the best way to protect the life of a developing human being, and that the Court should not exceed its authority by intruding upon an area that is solely within the competence of Costa Rica. “No one should try to usurp the sovereign right of a nation to determine the best way to protect life. The court should not exceed its authority by intruding upon an area of domestic policy that is solely Costa Rica’s to decide,” he said.
“No one should usurp the sovereign right of a nation to determine the best way to protect life. Costa Rica protects preborn life ‘from conception.’ The Inter-American system must not intrude upon an area of domestic policy that is solely Costa Rica’s to decide.”
One News Now: Pierro Tozzi, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, explains what he sees happening across the South American continent. “It’s part of a trend in Latin America where you have supreme courts imposing abortion where the people and the legislature are opposed to abortion,” says Tozzi. “They use the hard cases — cases like rape or eugenic disabilities — to chip away at the pro-life protections that exist in the laws of most Latin American nations.”
SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: Eugenic abortion further erodes respect not only for human dignity in general, but the dignity of the disabled in particular,” said Piero Tozzi, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. “Protecting the innocent …
LifeNews: Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi responded to the decision to allow, what he calls, Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal’s decision to “decriminalize the killing of pre-born children for eugenic reasons.” “Every innocent life deserves to be protected. Instead, Brazil’s high court has approved of slaughtering the country’s most vulnerable people, the severely disabled. Eugenic abortion further erodes respect not only for human dignity in general, but the dignity of the disabled in particular. Protecting the innocent is a chief duty of the legislature, and the court was wrong to overstep its authority and tear down the protections long ago established by Brazil’s lawmakers–protections that are consistent with the pro-life views of most Brazilians.”
Piero Tozzi: Not “rights” Vs. “freedom” – Reclaiming The Universal Declaration From The Left (and Defending It From The Right)
Piero Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: A word of caution is in order before adopting the framework and verbiage proposed by McCarthy in its entirety, however, for he throws out the baby with the bathwater, and his characterization of the “utopian” Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 fails to give a rounded appraisal of that landmark document. Moreover, his underlying premise of “freedoms” vs. “rights” is historically both incorrect and unessential to adopt in order to get to where the author wants to lead us. The concept of “rights,” properly understood, was very much part of the Founding Fathers’ vocabulary — as in the “bill of rights” (!!) and “unalienable rights” based on the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” The tension is thus not between “rights” and “freedoms,” but rather between “negative rights” and “positive” ones — a tension that is reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Piero A. Tozzi: In Pushing Homosexual Agenda Globally, Obama Admin Seeks to Co-opt, Marginalize Religion
Piero A. Tozzi at the Christian Post: In a major foreign policy address last December in Geneva before United Nations delegates, Secretary of State Hillary 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, she then made a doctrinal point: if properly understood, “religious traditions” actually support the progressive march of “human rights” and sanction homosexual behavior.
Piero A. Tozzi: “Obama Wars” Over Contraception Move To U.N. Front, And The Administration Loses A Battle
ADF Attorney Piero A. Tozzi at Turtle Bay and Beyond: The annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting broke up today after failing to reach consensus on “agreed conclusions” – a very rare occurrence. The impasse was due to the insistence by the United States delegation on changing language regarding “family planning” that had been agreed upon and in continuous use since the mid-1990s in favor of the term “modern forms of contraception.”
C-FAM: Alliance Defense Fund attorney Piero Tozzi told the Friday Fax, “The UN cannot censor speech it does not agree with. Both the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and the Human Rights Committee have recently emphasized the need to protect this fundamental freedom. Why then is speech by respectful, clean cut kids on a topic vital to keeping young people healthy being censored at the UN?”
National Catholic Register: “It’s part of a trend in Latin America that often doesn’t get noticed: that there is the ‘latex left,’ and certainly countries like Uruguay and Argentina — they’re pushing this pro-abortion, pro-same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda, (and) the justices in Mexico City [are too],” said Tozzi. “But elsewhere the left is more of an old left that emphasizes economics rather than the ‘latex left’ issues,” he added . . . Tozzi sees signs of hope in other countries as well: “You also have the example of Ollanta Humala in Peru, who was elected president about half a year ago, with broad left-wing support. For a variety of reasons, he has rejected the ‘latex left’ agenda. His women’s affairs minister, a big pro-abortion supporter, was fired by him about a month ago and replaced with a woman who’s an evangelical Christian. So there are certain elements of the left in Latin America that are distinct from the latex left, which people sometimes overlook.”
Acipresna.com: (translated to English from Spanish by Google): Reassess and highlight the values of family inspires a genuine human development is one of the conclusions of the International Symposium entitled “Why go for the family ? ” held on 18 January in the city of Chiclayo, a city in northern Peru . . . The symposium, organized by the Family Grows (CreceFam), was attended by Dr. Piero Tozzi, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund of the United States, which addressed the theme of “family status in the global context.”
C-Fam Friday Fax: Tension between free speech advocacy and efforts to curb “hate speech” has arisen over the past year as the result of recent initiatives at the United Nations (UN) and by the Obama administration.
LifeSiteNews.com: Piero Tozzi, Senior Legal Counsel, Global, with the Alliance Defense Fund, criticized the Commission. “The IACHR has repeatedly overstepped its mandate these past two years, placing ideology over rule of law principles. For example, in the Karen Atala case, the Commission actually demanded that Chile’s executive power ‘punish’ Chilean Supreme Court judges for discriminating on the grounds of ‘sexual orientation’ for determining that placing children with the father over their mother, a self-described ‘lesbian,’ to be in the children’s best interest.” “If the IACHR weren’t so blinded by advancing the homosexual agenda, they would understand that undermining the independence of the judiciary and violating the principle of separation of powers actually undermines rule of law and the integrity of the Inter-American system,” Tozzi told the Friday Fax.
LifeSiteNews.com: Speakers included HLI President Fr. Shenan Bouquet, Brazilian pro-life activists Fr. Paulo Ricardo de Azevedo and Fr. Lodi da Cruz, Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Piero Tozzi, Ecuador’s Fr. Juan Carlos Chavez, and LifeSiteNews’ Latin America Correspondent Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, among many others. It was organized by Felipe Nery, director of the St. Benedict School at the same monastery.
Video: Piero Tozzi speaks at Human Life International’s Second International Congress for Truth and Life in Brazil
Turtle Bay and Beyond – International Law, Policy, and Institutions has embedded the video.
Catholic News Agency (CNA): “This is (the) strategy of the opposition – manipulate the truth by claiming that there is a global right to abortion and repeat it over and over again,” said Piero A. Tozzi, senior legal council at the Alliance Defense Fund, in a speech to Human Life International’s Second International Congress for Truth and Life. “Repeated enough, perception becomes reality,” he warned, as he described the attempt to raise non-binding statements about abortion “rights” into “something that must be followed and obeyed.”
Second Union News: (translated from Portuguese by Google) To counter what some pro-abortion groups that practice anti-life must be approved in Brazil because of international agreements that the woman’s right to propose Dr. Piero Tozzi of the Alliance Defense Fund in the U.S., offered a lecture at the Second Congress Life for Justice and Human Life International in Sao Paulo this weekend, which ensured that there is no international law requiring the approval of abortion and that this is not a “right” reproductive.
LifeSiteNews.com: Other speakers will include the eminent Brazilian pro-life activist Fr. Lodi da Cruz, speaking on the issue of abortion, HLI’s Raymond da Souza on dechristianization, Fr. Paulo Ricardo on cultural Marxism, Alliance Defense Fund’s Piero Tozzi on the claimed “right” to abortion in international law, and LifeSiteNews’ own Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, speaking on the goals, methods, and history of the homosexual movement.
TheDove.us Audio: ADF Attorney Piero Tozzi co author of Exiting a Dead End Road: A GPS for Christians in Public Discourse-Mr. Tozzi discusses Christianity vs. P.C., European Socialism.
Family and Marriage on Trial: Chilean human-rights case involving lesbian relationship could have far-reaching effect.
NCRegister.com: But Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel Piero Tozzi, who is also a senior fellow with the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), cautions that international human-rights decisions have been cited as precedents by U.S. courts. A notable example was the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling striking down Texas’s anti-sodomy law. Noted Tozzi, “What happens abroad impacts the U.S.”
LifeSiteNews.com: A proposed Mexican Supreme Court decision that would nullify pro-life amendments to Mexican state constitutions suffers from flawed reasoning, is “arbitrary,” and “frankly confused,” according to Piero Tozzi, an international human rights law expert and senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund.
The University Bookman: Directions Back to the Public Square: About a third of the way through the book is an essay by Piero A. Tozzi, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, wherein the decline of universal rights is demonstrated to help the reader see that—minus an acknowledgement of, and adherence to, universal rights—the losses suffered by the Church must also be suffered by society at large. For instance, Tozzi writes about the “restoration” of ’48: a moment wherein both Europe and the world were emerging from the Nuremburg trials and subsequently reaching for “a universe whose rules were governed by natural law.” There was bald revulsion at what the Nazis had done, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) was penned to serve as a restraint on such things in the future. Tozzi is describing a point in time where even the secularists were brought face to face with the heinous outworking of Nietzsche’s “God is dead” paradigm, and even they had to seek a means to constrain behavior by re-asserting universal rights across the board.
LifeNews.com: However, these assertions have no support in international law, either by treaty or custom. Piero Tozzi, a senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund told the Friday Fax, “No ‘right’ to abortion exists in international law. Consistent with international treaties and customary norms, nations can (and should) protect the unborn child. UN bodies and outside actors grossly exceed their competence when they demand that sovereign nations alter their domestic laws protecting the unborn, and states should categorically reject such unwarranted claims.”
NCRegister.com (7/8): The pressure has been “intense and sustained,” said Piero Tozzi, global senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a U.S.-based group that monitors religious liberty . . . Tozzi also noted UNFPA’s bankrolling of a controversial “Adolescent Reproductive Health Program” that was halted in court last year after parental-rights activists brought a court action to halt the sex-ed program that they said encouraged promiscuity and violated parental rights.
NCRegister.com: Piero Tozzi, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, noted that this manipulation could be carried out from the judge’s bench, especially since the new text of the constitution calls for a “broad application” of human rights. “As it does not specify which ‘human rights’ are to be incorporated and elevated on par with the constitution, while instructing that these undefined rights are to be given broad application, it potentially gives a judge latitude in expanding or even fabricating rights beyond what was contemplated when treaties were drafted and ratified,” he said.
CBN (includes video): Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and every pregnant mother should receive the help she needs to care for that life,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi said at the 2011 Meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. “We couldn’t be more pleased to present this honor to the people of Chile for their painstaking and diligent efforts to help pregnant women and protect their preborn children,” he continued. [more quotes by Piero Tozzi]
LifeNews: Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and every pregnant mother should receive the help she needs to care for that life,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi. “We couldn’t be more pleased to present this honor to the people of Chile for their painstaking and diligent efforts to help pregnant women and protect their preborn children. Those efforts are based on constitutional protections that serve as a model to the rest of the world.”
Chile boasts lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America due to vigorous efforts to help mothers, protect preborn children
AICA.org: (Translation from Spanish by Google): “According to the report, one of the greatest threats in Latin America is the support that the OAS would be providing a draft international treaty for the region called “American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights.” This convention would be the first binding document that would recognize the so-called sexual and reproductive rights. . . . Experts like Marie Smith (Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues) and Piero Tozzi (Senior Counsel of Alliance Defense Fund) stated that the Convention continues to work privately within various entities of the OAS and could be approved without any discussion at the next Assembly General to be held in El Salvador in June 2011 . . . ”
C-FAM: “Homosexual activists just launched a new ‘toolkit’ which outlines methods to promote a controversial document which asserts that states have a legal obligation to fulfill ‘rights’ to gay adoption, reproductive technologies and state-funded sex changes . . . [Piero Tozzi], Senior Legal Counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund’s global practice group, stresses that multiple citations of the Yogyakarta Principles do not mean there is a new international norm.”
OneNewsNow: “Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has joined other groups in urging the United Nations to protect religious expression in a civil rights covenant . . . ‘One [provision] provides for freedom of expression. Another provision, however, would limit that,’ [ADF Attorney Piero Tozzi] explains. ‘It’s the following article that says: “Any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence shall be prohibited by law.”‘”
Christian Web News: “On Thursday, a consultation paper was sent by the Alliance Defense Fund along with several other Christian groups to a United Nations human rights body, asking it not to reinterpret language in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in a way that could make Christian speech into ‘hate speech.’”
The Alliance Defense Fund together with several other Christian groups submitted a consultation paper Thursday to a United Nations human rights body urging it not to reinterpret language in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in a way that could turn Christian speech into “hate speech.”
ilsussidiaro.net [modified Google translation]: “[He is a Catholic Italian-American lawyer who was an] architect of the defeat of Barack Obama on . . . funding to research on embryonic stem cells . . . [Piero Tozzi] and the Alliance Legal Defense Fund (ADF), an association that has dared to challenge legally the power of the American president . . . [Q.] How did you manage to win this first battle against Obama [in] the difficult field of stem cells? [A.] Like Italy, the law of the United States decided to protect life in its early stages from research that aim to destroy it. The court ruled that the Obama administration, with guidance issued in April 2009 for funding for research using embryonic stem cells derived from human embryos created through in vitro fertilization ‘clearly violated the law.’”
ChristianNewsWire: “Founding members of ‘Coptic Solidarity,’ coming from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, held their conference on June 19-20, at Virginia, USA., to launch the activities of the new organization. … A large number of presentations and discussions, focused on concrete future actions, took place during the first day of the conference. Besides founding members, invited guest speakers took part: Dr. Dwight Bashir, deputy director of USCIRF; Tina Ramirez, congressional fellow; Taniel Koushakjian, director of grassroots at the Armenian Assembly; and Pierro Tozzi, senior legal counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund.”