(WND) Homosexual advocates in Brazil have been joined by a coalition of United Nations groups in an effort to pressure the nation to criminalize “homophobia” under the guise that such “prejudices” are a hindrance to AIDS prevention programs.

According to a report from Julio Severo, who runs the Last Days Watchman, a new letter addressed to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other officials explains that Brazil’s homosexual community has been plagued by AIDS rates of “more than 10 percent.”

That’s even though the AIDS “epidemic” sweeping the nation is affecting only 0.6 percent of the general population. The letter claims that the “main culprit of the high HIV prevalence among homosexuals is the high violence against them.”

The letter also says prejudices against homosexuality are a strong hindrance to AIDS prevention programs.

The recent letter came from the Expanded Thematic Group on HIV/AIDS in Brazil, in joint partnership with USAID, UNHCR, U.N. Women, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF and several other groups.

The signatories include the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the Human Rights Special Secretariat of the Brazilian Presidency and ABGLT, the largest homosexual group in Brazil, Severo reports.

The effort comes as pressure from socially progressive groups is ramping up in Brazil to promote and protect homosexuality, to the point of making those who hold opposing viewpoints subject to criminal prosecution.

A recent study tested the Brazilian population for “homophobia” by asking people to comment on such statements as “God made men and women with different sexes so that they could fulfill their role and have children,” Severo reported.

He said the 92 percent of Brazilians who agreed partially or completely with the statement were labeled “homophobic.”

“Based on the overall results of the study, the Brazilian government determined that 99 percent of its citizens were ‘homophobic’ and therefore should be reeducated,” he explained.

“Apparently failing to achieve a mass re education of its people, the Rousseff administration now receives international support to advance its stalled anti-’homophobia’ bills and measures.”

Severo said the letter explains that the criminalization of “homophobia” is “fundamental for the success of AIDS prevention programs.”

He reported: “The letter gives an example of the high violence against gays, by quoting a figure of 278 homosexuals murdered in 2011 in Brazil. The figure, produced by the Bahia Gay Group (Grupo Gay da Bahia), is a stark contrast with about 50,000 Brazilians murdered each year. Brazilian socialist anti-gun policies have made its population prey to criminals and murderers. Homosexuals, who often live in drug and prostitution-plagued areas, are not more vulnerable than the general population.”

Severo also noted the information is suspect, since it is sourced to Bahia Gay Group. He said the group was founded by Luiz Mott, “whose defense of pedophilia is public.

Severo said the letter stresses that the Brazilian state should have no connection to religion.

“The Brazilian government has no official and non-official religions, but the U.N. agencies behind the letter were obviously eying the Christian feelings of the most Brazilians,” he said. “Because of these feelings and heritage, Brazilians reject any kind of homosexual indoctrination in schools and the imposition of the gay ideology on their society.”

He said the letter pushes for the adoption of measures to battle “homophobia,” including plans such as a proposed PLC122, a law to make “homophobic” views “crimes.”

Critics contend the bill’s approval would censor religious leaders and group members who would mention anti-sodomy Bible verses – even within church buildings.

Severo said, “Certainly, the Rousseff administration welcomes the international pressure to do exactly what it has wanted to do for a long time: to impose the gay agenda on the most of the Brazilians that insist on seeing homosexuality as an abnormality.”

Severo’s advocacy for the family in Brazil has drawn major opposition. WND reported when PayPal responded to an online campaign by homosexuals demanding he be denied the use of the PayPal system and launching an “investigation.”

PayPal executives dispatched an email explaining that because of “legal and regulatory constraints,” the company was “unable to process donation payments for non-registered charities and non-profit organizations; political party/organizations; religious institutions; personal/organizational fundraisers, etc.”

PayPal’s move cut off significant levels of financial support for Severo, who relies on friends and others to continue the work of his ministry.

“PayPal says that it does not allow the use of its service for activities that promote hatred, violence or racial intolerance, but its action against my account was spurred by a hate campaign by gay activists wanting to shut down my account,” Severo told WND at the time. “I am very worried, because PayPal caved in to gay militants and their hate campaign to have me excluded from PayPal.”

PayPal declined to comment, but others weren’t hesitant to express their opinion. Don Hank, who runs the Laigle’s Forum website, said: “This is war. … PayPal is now official the enemy of traditional Christianity.”

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