Brazil, December 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Brazilian Senate recently approved a massive $178 million budget to fight “homophobia,” a term that includes criticism of the homosexual lifestyle.
The funds will be spent as part of the government’s national homosexualist program, “Brazil Without Homophobia,” which funnels part of the money directly to homosexual organizations.
The funds are also used to pay for legislative initiatives to create special rights for homosexuals in Brazil. One such initiative, the “Homophobia Law,” also known as PLC 122/06, would make it illegal to criticize homosexual behavior in Brazil.
President Luiz Lula da Silva is pushing for the approval of the law in the final days of his administration, a feat he has not been able to accomplish after eight years in office, despite his massive popularity, pointed out Brazilian pro-family activist Julio Severo. His successor, President-Elect Dilma Rousseff, has promised not to promote such legislative initiatives, an assurance she gave voters when her campaign seemed threatened by her party’s historic support for socially liberal measures.
The Brazil Without Homophobia program will also be used to promote the homosexual political agenda at the international level, and in the nation’s schools. This year the country’s “Schools Without Homophobia” program is featuring a campaign to normalize transvestitism in the schools.
However, Lula’s passionate advocacy of homosexualism is not likely to succeed in Brazil’s current political and cultural climate. Recent elections indicated that the public is hostile to such initiatives, which is reinforced by recent poll results showing a large majority of Brazilians in opposition to homosexual civil unions.