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European leftists attack World Congress of Families April 20, 2007

A left-wing coalition within the European Parliament has sought to dissuade a US State Department official from attending the World Congress of Families in Poland, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) reports.

A group of hard-left members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sent a letter to Ellen Sauerbrey, the assistant secretary of state for population, saying that she would be giving an “official US government stamp of approval to extremist and intolerant views” by attending the May event in Poland, reports Samantha Singson in C-Fam's Friday Fax.

In the letter recently released to the Baltimore Sun by "Catholics for a Free Choice," 19 MEPS-- who comprise The European Parliamentary Working Group on Separation of Religion and Politics-- charge that organizers of the World Congress of Families have shown “prejudiced attitudes toward foreigners, people from other religions, homosexuals and the inclusive vision of what represents a family unit that has been developed by the United Nations and the European Union.”

The MEPs claim that Sauerbrey would be committing “a diplomatic faux pas” by participating in the upcoming Warsaw event “with individuals whose views oppose what is laid out in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.”

One of the group’s major complaints is against various individuals involved in organizing the conference. Using quotes likely taken from material published several years ago by the pro-abortion group "Catholics for a Free Choice," the letter targets Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, C-FAM president Austin Ruse, and Father Thomas Eutenauer of Human Life International. The MEPs accuse Cardinal Trujillo of making “dangerous” statements about the ineffective use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS. Ruse is singled out for once repeating a joke told to him by a UN diplomat about Hillary Clinton.

Commenting on the letter, a member of the European Parliament from Poland, Konrad Szymanski, told the Friday Fax, "Contrary to the opinion of the undersigned MEPs, the European Union has no competence to express any binding opinions in the matters of family. The letter is a good illustration of the leftist version of tolerance – it strictly prohibits criticizing abortion, birth control, and homosexual claims in the realm of family law."

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