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How should Christian conservatives respond to President Trump’s statement that he would have no problem voting for a gay president? Should this be a dealbreaker in terms of our 2020 vote?
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh created a media firestorm when he said that America is “still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage as president.” And my article titled, “I Will Say What the Political Leaders Cannot Say About Pete Buttigieg,” seems to have struck a chord with many readers.
As for President Trump, during a Fox radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, he said that, “It” — meaning, homosexuality — “doesn’t seem to be hurting Pete Buttigieg.” As for whether Americans would vote for him, Trump said, “I think there would be some that wouldn’t — and I wouldn’t be among that group to be honest with you.”
So, to repeat: Should this be a dealbreaker for Christian conservatives?
Trump has the baggage from his past. He has the baggage of his often uncalled-for, cruel, even dishonest speech. Should this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Obviously, every individual must make an individual decision. But I would submit two points for consideration before a decision is made.
First, this is exactly how I would expect Trump to answer.
Remember that during the primaries he said that Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner would be welcome to use the women’s bathroom at Trump Tower. That has been his personal view all along.
He also proudly held up a gay pride flag of LGBT supporters of Trump during a campaign rally in October 2016. He was glad to have their backing.
That’s why his answer doesn’t surprise me in the least. I don’t agree with it (just as I don’t agree with many of his other statements). But it’s nothing new.
Second, Trump’s policies have consistently pushed back against LGBT activism and for Christian conservative rights.
That’s why last year, the HRC (the world’s largest gay activist organization) labeled Trump the “worst president on LGBTQ issues ever.”
The HRC even accused the Trump administration of “targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people” every day.
In their “Timeline of Hate,” the HRC begins with this claim: “Since the moment Donald Trump and Mike Pence walked into the White House, they have attacked the progress we have made toward full equality for the LGBTQ community and undermined the rights of countless Americans.”
To be clear, I stand against LGBT people being “attacked” or “targeted.” But when the HRC uses that language, it often means this: “The Trump administration is pushing back against the radical extremism of queer activism.” For that, I am glad.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown