SAN SALVADOR, July 14, 2011 ( – Pro-family groups in El Salvador have mounted an organized protest against the current United States ambassador to the country, after she published a controversial article in a local newspaper denouncing “homophobia,” which she says is “based on the lack of understanding of what it really means to be homosexual or transgender.”


Mari Carmen Aponte, who was temporarily appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010 during a congressional recess, also lauded the Obama administration’s international activism against “discrimination” against homosexuals and cited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that “Gay rights are Human Rights.”

But Aponte’s article, which was published on June 28 in the La Prensa Grafica newspaper, has been met with outrage by numerous human rights and pro-family organizations in El Salvador, who accuse her of violating international law and seeking to impose the U.S.‘s homosexual political agenda on the country.

“Mrs. Aponte, in clear violation of the rules of diplomacy and international law, you seek to impose on Salvadorans, belittling our fundamentally Christian values, rooted in the natural law, a new vision of foreign values, totally alien to our way of thinking, disguising them as supposed ‘human rights,’” a coalition of 22 groups declared in a full page advertisement in the El Salvadoran newspaper El Diario de Hoy.

“You cannot, Mrs. Ambassador, lecture us with an air of superiority about human rights, when in various states and countries abortion is legal, by which means millions of defenseless unborn babies are cruelly and mercilessly murdered. They are cut into pieces, burned, poisoned alive, even up to 9 months of gestation!  This is called ‘the right to decide’ and ‘modernity and progress!’”

The groups have also sent a letter of protest to the U.S. Senate, stating that “Madam Ambassador Aponte has abused her diplomatic status, showing a clear disdain concerning our values and cultural identity, claiming to ‘guide’ us toward a shift in our way of thinking so that we may accept multiple forms of sexual behavior as legitimate, in the same way that President Obama promotes.”

The letter observes, “Ms. Aponte was appointed by Obama as head of mission to our country, benefiting from a recess of the Senate to do so, and seeing as she has not achieved the consensus needed to be ratified in office, we respectfully request that you maintain opposition of such appointment so that she is not confirmed, or better yet, that she be removed from her post as soon as possible…”

Aponte has never been approved by the U.S. Senate due to an ongoing controversy about her association with suspected Cuban intelligence agents during the 1980s and 1990s.

Although Aponte has been cleared for the appointment by the FBI, ongoing concerns about her past relationship with a suspected Cuban spy led Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina to put a hold on her nomination, pending a review of her FBI file.  The Obama administration then took advantage of a Senate recess to temporarily appoint Aponte to the post, although her appointment could be revoked if she is voted down by the Senate at a later date.

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