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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The United States is removing itself from a fiercely left-leaning organization in the United Nations.
The State Department announced Thursday that America is cutting ties with the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This U.N. behemoth is best known for cultural initiatives like designating and protecting World Heritage Sites. However, UNESCO also pushes population control under the euphemism "family planning." The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018.
Some people see this as part of fulfilling the Trump administration's "America First" campaign promise. But it is also true that the United States' relationship with UNESCO has been strained for years. In 2011, UNESCO welcomed Palestinian membership. The United States and Israel both stopped funding UNESCO as a result.
Catholics and social conservatives in the United States welcome this move from the Trump administration. Not surprisingly, UNESCO peddles promiscuity, abortion and contraception around the world, especially targetting developing countries. What is more, UNESCO is increasingly becoming an international powerhouse for normalizing homosexuality and promoting gender ideology.
The Trump administration did not cite this radically liberal agenda as a reason for revoking its UNESCO membership. Instead, Thursday morning's statement from Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, alluded to the United States' alliance with Israel and UNESCO's "anti-Israel" bias.
Nauert also says that the United States wishes to remain a "nonmember observer" of UNESCO, providing advice on "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms and promoting scientific collaboration and education."
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova expressed dismay at the United States' withdrawal. She said, "This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism."
Israel joined the United States in pulling away from UNESCO, making the announcement only a few hours later. In announcing Thursday's decision, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu argued, "This is a brave and moral decision because UNESCO has become a theater of absurd. Instead of preserving history, it distorts it."