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Hypocrisy and Grand Standing in Rockville

This editorial is not about LGBT rights or human rights. This editorial is about the hypocrisy, grand standing, and jumping on the band wagon that, members of the Montgomery County Council are often very quick to do when they think they can score some political points because there no-one is to call them out on it. Germantown Pulse is sick of it.

Last week, the County Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 18-456 which was sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Navarro from District 4, and co-sponsored by all the remaining members. The measure “condemning anti-LGBT discrimination laws and calling on the County Executive to suspend official County travel to jurisdictions where those laws are in place.”

Specifically the resolution named North Carolina and Mississippi, as locales to which employees of Montgomery County should be banned from visiting for “non-essential work-related travel.”

Does Councilmember Navarro have a very short memory? Does she think the residents of Montgomery County have short memories? Does she not remember visiting Cuba for an “exploratory trip” in March?

Cuba, the country which “continues to repress dissent and discourage public criticism,” according to the first sentence of the Human Rights Watch 2016 essay on Cuba’s human rights violations. The Human Rights Watch essay goes on to say, “the [Cuban] government continues to rely on arbitrary detentions to harass and intimidate people who exercise their fundamental rights. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, an independent human rights group that the government views as illegal, received more than 6,200 reports of arbitrary detentions from January through October 2015.”

Navarro, Councilmember Roger Berliner, and County Executive Ike Leggett visited the island nation — that will throw its own citizens in jail for disagreeing with the government — to “explore economic and cultural opportunities,” according to Navarro’s Website.

In a video on her website, Navarro talked about Cuba’s 100 percent literacy rate. So everyone in Cuba can read and write, as long as they don’t read and write anything that is critical of the government.

While in Cuba, Navarro said the delegation visited an LGBT rights organization “promoting an anti-homophobia campaign throughout Cuba.” By the way, Cuba still bans same-sex marriage and does not recognize same-sex c