Via email from hate group leader Tony Perkins:
After a tumultuous few months, the Trump team announced that it was recalling America’s ambassador to Zambia, who was asked to leave after insulting the country’s LGBT policies and judicial system. Calling the jailing of two men “horrifying,” Daniel Foote upset Zambian leaders who think America’s representative crossed a line when he called their beliefs “oppressive.” Exactly what mandate Foote was operating under remains unclear.
The move was a shocking contrast to the last administration, which not only ignored — but mocked — their host country’s beliefs in places like Latin America. In fact, Barack Obama’s efforts to radicalize other nations was so offensive that citizens of other nations openly celebrated when Donald Trump was elected.
Like dozens of other countries on the receiving end of the president’s extreme social agenda, people in the Caribbean were under enormous pressure from the bullies at the State Department to abandon ship on their traditional Christian beliefs.
In 2017, shortly after he took office, Donald Trump received a letter from hundreds of pastors and church leaders in the Caribbean urging him to chart a new course for U.S. relations — one that doesn’t include an obvious disrespect for other nations’ values.
It’s time, the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean writes, for the White House to stop using the State Department to impose their LGBT agenda on other countries.
“‘Gay rights,'” they wrote, “are pre-empting human rights, such as freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of conscience. We implore you urgently to review this matter, to revoke relevant executive orders and policies, and to thus to restore to ‘The City upon a Hill’ the bright beam that once shone from it.”
Three years in, that’s exactly what this administration has done. Recalling Foote is the right move when he has broken trust with his hosts and can no longer effectively serve as our representative overseas. It should also serve as an indicator of how we will act elsewhere. America respects everyone, but it won’t promote values that are inconsistent with what this president stands for.
In 2010, Perkins told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that criminalizing homosexuality in the US is not one of the Family Research Council’s goals, but they certainly stand up and cheer whenever LGBT persons are imprisoned overseas.
And longtime JMG readers will surely recall Perkins’ apparent glee in 2012 when Uganda moved to make homosexuality a death penalty offense. The FRC deleted that reaction from their website but as you know, the internet is forever.