December 30, 2019
Recently I wrote a (hopefully) nuanced defense of the Trump Administration for their policy of promoting decriminalization of homosexuality. I argued that, while homosexuality is destructive both to the individual and to society in general it is still something that should not be suppressed by force of law and as such should bot be a criminal offense. (It can be decriminalized while not embraced and celebrated.)
Well, Cliff Kincaid disagrees.
From the Canada Free Press article:
Grenell and Craft have justified their campaign by noting that Trump said his administration would be "working with other nations to stop criminalizing of homosexuality.” But there is no evidence that the president wanted to browbeat some of America’s friends and allies at the U.N. into accepting and promoting the homosexual lifestyle. It seems certain that the president was concerned about people being physically injured for their self-proclaimed sexual orientation.
What happened at the U.N. was a major public spectacle designed to shame Christian nations into recognizing and approving homosexuality. It appears to be a case of Grenell hijacking U.S. foreign policy for the benefit of his friends in gay groups such as the Log Cabin Republicans. A foreign affairs advisor to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign, Grenell has a same-sex partner and claims to be a Christian.
Craft was reportedly recommended for her post by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She and her husband, Joe Craft, donated about $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
What they apparently don’t appreciate is that countries with a Christian or Muslim orientation have resisted putting government approval on homosexual conduct for many reasons, including public health. Indeed, in the modern era, the so-called "criminalization” of homosexuality is designed to discourage dangerous high-risk practices which spread AIDS and other diseases. AIDS is devastating Africa in particular.Mr. Kincaid is correct; this isn't about protecting the rights of free individuals but rather about promoting a lifestyle and breaking down the cultural bedrock of nations that realize the dangers of the homosexual movement.
And I believe I agreed with Mr. Kincaid about the motivations of the individuals pushing this; they are homosexual activists, not defenders of civil rights.
Kincaid points out:
The controversial event occurred just a few days before Christmas, when Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to Germany, longtime homosexual activist Richard Grenell, went to the United Nations to promote what he called a global initiative to force all U.N. members to approve homosexual conduct. He was joined in this demandby Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, who lectured the 69 countries which have laws making homosexuality illegal. She told them that "human dignity” requires that every country on the face of the earth embrace the practice of homosexuality.
This is the
kind of homosexual imperialism that evangelical Christians objected to
from the Obama Administration. Christians in foreign countries saw the
attack as unwarranted interference in their internal affairs and
subversion of Biblical values.
Here is an interesting tidbit:
In what way is this qualitatively different than what they are impeaching President Trump for now? It may have had no immediate political benefit to Obama, but it clearly was a quid-pro-quo to force a sovereign nation to give him what he wanted.
This is why I worry about taking any middle ground in any battle; the Left radicalizes these things. If you give an inch...
In the end, I agree with Cliff Kincaid to a large degree, but I do think it is important we not be forced into a fundamentally anti-Christian and anti-freedom position by the aggressive nature of the Left.
Sadly, that is what they always thrust upon us.
If they REALLY cared about homosexuals they would discourage homosexuality in all venues while trying to protect them as individuals. That is not the case; they are attempting to grow the size of the gay community. THEY are the ones who really hate gay people.
As in the parable of the prodigal son, it is necessary to let some people make their own mistakes, but unlike the father in the story you do not enable them.
Which is exactly what we have been doing. Not just enabling but feteing and celebrating.
In worship services to the Greek god Pan often Pan would possess the worshipers, driving them mad (they were drinking and using narcotics). Those who didn't want to go mad would sometimes run in panic - PANic, get it? Pan got them either way.
That's how it is with the Left these days; we either accept their insanity or we run from them in a way that they still win. The key must be to use reason and NOT reject them solely out of desperation. We need to drive the issues, not they.
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