A Florida congresswoman on Tuesday blasted the new president of the United Nations General Assembly for recent remarks that seemed to favor the criminalization of homosexuality.
"The anti-gay bigotry spewed by this Qaddafi shill demonstrates once again that the UN has been hijacked by advocates of hate and intolerance," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said.
Ros-Lehtinen was referring to remarks made by Ali Abdessalam Treki, who is a former foreign minister of Libya. Treki said in a news conference last week that the issue of homosexuality was "very sensitive, very touchy," but then added that "as a Muslim, I myself am not in favor of that. ... It is not accepted in the majority of the world."
The United Nations voted last year to urge the decriminalization of homosexuality in countries around the world.
Ros-Lehtinen warned that the United States was being asked to contribute aid to "the U.N.'s anti-freedom agenda," noting Treki's comments and similar comments made by Iran's leader, denying even the presence of gays.
"Congress must demand better by enacting pending legislation that would leverage our contributions to the UN to produce sweeping, meaningful reform of that body," Ros-Lehtinen said.