Tuesday, June 04, 2019

About Trump "Celebrating" Pride Month

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When I saw that President Trump had tweeted a message of support for so-called "Pride Month," I was deeply disappointed and surprised because he is consistently called the most anti-LGBT president in history.

Evangelicals who support President Trump---and tens of millions do---do so not because of what he opposes, but because of what he has consistently supported, which includes the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, religious freedom, etc.

Is he "evolving" on homosexuality, like say, Obama or Biden?

A closer look.

Be informed.

The Christian "Never Trumpers" and the religious Left are celebrating the fact that Trump has "evolved"---or never told his supporters the truth in the first place.

They're saying, "I told you so."

But the homosexual community is mocking him. He gained no support from them with his affirming words.

So, what's going on?

I personally believe he is getting some very bad counsel on the matter of the LGBT agenda.

I don't know from whom, but wouldn't be surprised if it isn't from his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The following article was published yesterday in several Christian publications.

The author, Dr. Michael Brown, takes a closer look.

I agree with him.

Making Sense of President Trump and LGBT Issues and People.


Donald Trump has been called the most anti-LGBT president in our history. Yet he just became the first Republican president to celebrate LGBT pride month, also calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide. Does this indicate a shift in perspectives? Not according to gay journalist Michelangelo Signorile
In an article for the Daily Beast, he claimed that, “President Trump’s Anti-LGBT Agenda Is Louder Than His Pride Message.”
Signorile wrote that, “On Friday, President Trump tweeted a message in support of Pride month, which was breathtakingly disingenuous given his administration’s systematic assault on LGBT rights.”
Indeed, he claimed, “Trump’s celebration of Pride is as fraudulent and calculated as his claim to be fighting to decriminalize homosexuality. This is in fact an attempt to portray himself as supportive of LGBTQ people as he gears up for the 2020 re-election campaign.
“The goal,” he wrote, “is less about getting much of the community’s backing—which will be near impossible—but more about keeping or getting the support of many others who might be turned off by blatant anti-LGBTQ bigotry.”
But would Trump really do this to win the votes of centrists while alienating his most important voting base, namely, conservative evangelical Christians? And is Trump naïve enough to think that a couple of tweets would change the minds of alienated voters?
Signorile actually spends most of his article detailing the many things Trump has done to oppose LGBT activism, right through the month of May. Surely Trump does not think that he can so easily change public perceptions.
On May 14, Tim Fitzsimons reported for NBC News that, “President Donald Trump opposes the passage of the Equality Act, a proposed bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights law to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.”
As explained by a White House official, “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all. However, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”
This speaks louder than any celebratory tweet.
Fitzsimons also cited Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of the national LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, who said that, “Trump's opposition to the Equality Act ‘further cements his administration’s legacy of being the most anti-LGBTQ government in recent memory.’”
Indeed, Ellis continued, “LGBTQ Americans will not forget the President’s politically craven flip-flop on this fair and just legislation.”
Yet Trump now tweets, “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals....”
How do we explain this?
Let’s also remember that, during a recent interview on Fox News, Trump was asked, “Don't you think it's just great to see the fact that you've got a guy there on the stage with his husband and it's normal?”
He replied, “I think it's absolutely fine, I do.”
As CNN noted, “He agreed with Hilton's assessment that Buttigieg's candidacy is a ‘sign of great progress,’ adding, ‘Yeah, I think it's great. I think that's something that perhaps some people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever.’”
Yet, during his tenure as president, Trump has reinstated the ban on transgenders serving in the military and worked against the Obama administration’s redefinition of sex (as if sex included gender perception), just to cite two examples of his opposition to LGBT activism.
Is he trying to play both ends against the middle? Or is there no rhyme or reason to his actions,?
Actually, the more I think about it, the more I find a consistency to his words and actions.
On the one hand, as a man who spent many years as a New York liberal and Hollywood insider, he must have had plenty of good relationships with LGBT people.
So, on a personal level, he likes people like Peter Thiel, PayPal’s openly gay co-founder, who also spoke at the Republican National Convention. And on a professional level, he’s glad to have a man like Richard Grenell on his team. (Grenell is the openly gay Ambassador to Germany.)
In the same way, Trump said in 2016 he would have no problem with Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner using the bathroom of his choice at Trump Tower. And there’s little doubt that Jared and Ivanka would have been very much at home with many of President Obama’s LGBT sympathies.
As Ivanka tweeted in 2017, “Logging back on after Shavuot, wishing everyone a joyful #Pride2017. This month we celebrate and honor the #LGBTQ community.”
She added, “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” (Compare this to the president’s tweet, recognizing “the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation.”)
My impression, then, is that Donald Trump wants gays to be treated fairly and, as stated in the Fox interview, he has no personal issue with gay “marriage.”
But when he feels that LGBT activism infringes on the rights of others, especially conservative Christians, he will stand against that activism. Moreover, many of those he has appointed to serve in his administration have deeper, faith-based convictions that influence their worldview, and they are often on the front lines of pushing back against LGBT activism.
Put another way, Trump’s opposition to LGBT activism does not appear to spring from a biblical worldview as much as from a desire to support evangelical causes and protect religious liberties. And his policies certainly do not spring from personal animosity towards LGBT individuals.
Consequently, Trump has no problem celebrating LGBT pride in a tweet while at the same time opposing the so-called Equality Bill.
As an evangelical supporter of Trump, I would much rather that he did not muddy the waters with what appears to be a mixed message. But it’s who he has been since he announced his run for president. And overall, when the dust settles, he has done far more to oppose LGBT activism than to support it, as Signorile and his colleagues know all too well.



Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.


3 comments:

  1. He is the manager, for now, of the great corporate experiment called USA. He is not a religious leader, but has supported religious freedom consistently, and after all he is of the world. He cannot help himself.

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  2. Thank you for a good article and insight Gary...

    What we should remember is that we did not elect an Evangelical Christian to proclaim and promote the word of God Biblical standards to America from the White House. That was not a choice we Christians had in this or any previous Presidential elections in memory. We elected a man who promised to save America from the certain destruction of an evil corrupt power-hungry anti-American Leftism ushering in a world government at the expense of all that America stands for, and at the expense of religious freedom and liberty in America and ultimately world-wide.

    President Trump has been faithful to do all that he promised, a unique distinction from his predecessors who have done extremely little or none of what they promised, and in many cases did the opposite of what they promised. President Trump has given Americans a new chance to take back our country, but we cannot expect him to lead a parade based on Christian values simply because he is no "yet" a Christian. We should not blame him for this, because we know his eyes are blind to many truths 'until' they have been opened by the Holy Spirit. Again... he is no different than any President in most of our lifetimes in this regard but we can and should pray.

    We need to pray for President Trump’s conversion, and pray that those who would use this false contradiction to destroy support for his re-election based on the "expectation" that he must be held accountable for not universally supporting biblical principles.

    If Hillary had been elected most thinking people believe the U.S. would have consequently received her death blow as a free Constitutional Democratic Republic. Trump must be re-elected if we hope to find safe ground before the evil behind Leftism once again gains power in America.

    Thank God for giving us President Trump to give America and American Christians a chance to stand for truth and God’s word before it is too late to do so.

    Truth is a lonely warrior...

    G>T>

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  3. Very insightful comments GT! Thank you.

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