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Thursday, October 12, 2017

US Withdrawing From UNESCO Due To 'Anti-Israel Bias'

Update 12:15 PM: Claire Chretien at LifeSite News provides additional insights into the decision to Withdraw from UNESCO.

President Trump is pulling the United States out of a UN agency that advocates for abortion, homosexuality, and radical sex education for young children.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has for years pushed for pro-abortion and pro-LGBT topics to be taught to children.

The U.S. is concerned about “mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement this morning. “This decision was not taken lightly.”

In 2016, UNESCO released a report saying children should receive “non-judgmental and accurate information on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”

The report called for this to be done “through information campaigns and partnerships with civil society and the wider school community.”

In 2014, UNESCO said an important part of educating children was teaching them to know how and where to obtain abortions and to be tolerant of homosexual behavior.

“Specific policy measures” are needed to ensure that children “learn in school the importance of tolerance,” UNESCO claimed.

In 2010, UNESCO issued guidelines saying “it is never too early to start talking to children about sexual matters” and children as young as five should be taught about masturbation.

“The United States indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organization,” Nauert said.

These include “the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education.”

The U.S.’s withdrawal from the controversial UN agency will take effect on December 31, 2018.

In April 2017, Trump withdrew U.S. support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over its participation in China's forced abortion regime. . . .
The Washingtion Examiner is reporting that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO:

by Melissa Quinn: The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO because of what the Trump administration said is a "continuing anti-Israel bias" from the education and science organization.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday the U.S. would be pulling out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization by the end of the year.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," Nauert said.

The State Department said it plans to "remain engaged" with the organization as a non-member.

This isn't the first time the U.S. has pulled out of UNESCO.

Former President Ronald Reagan withdrew the U.S. from the organization in 1984, and former President George W. Bush rejoined the cultural group in 2002.

In 2011, the Obama administration cut funding to UNESCO after member states admitted Palestine as a member.
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Melissa Quinn (@MelissaQuinn97‏) is news reporter for Washington Examiner.

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