“Under the previous administration, religious freedom was a top priority in our foreign policy,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told CBN News in an interview this week. “Now one of our top — if not the top — issues for this administration is this promotion of LGBTQ.”
One of the first things President Biden did after entering the White House was to order government agencies to put the United States at the forefront global movement to force nations to accept the LGBTQ policy changes. Many of the nations targeted are Christian nations. Biden also has appointed an international envoy for LGBTQ issues and made Pride Month a fixture at U.S. embassies.
While Christians agree with both the Biden and Trump administrations that LGBTQ individuals should not be persecuted or worse, there’s also general agreement that the U.S. should not force policies upon them in regard to transgender issues, pronoun use or traditional marriage.
This is a major foreign policy shift, deprioritizing the fight for religious freedom and elevating the struggle for the rights of LGBTQ persons. The Biden administration now stands accused, in the words of one former diplomat, of trying to blackmail Christian nations in sub-Saharan Africa, threatening to hold back assistance if they don’t support LGBTQ. It vows to threaten nations with “the full range of diplomatic and assistance tools and, as appropriate, financial sanctions, visa restrictions and other actions.”
“Countries are being forced to change policies, whether it be pronouns, whether it be legal recognition of certain behaviors in exchange for our foreign expenditures in foreign aid,” Perkins said. “This is ideological colonialism. This is imposing this leftist view on these other nations, to force countries to do things that are opposed to their values.”
So far, U.S. pressure on African Christian nations has not worked. Uganda toughened its laws against LGBTQ this year, making the punishment for homosexuality life in prison and the death sentence for homosexual acts with a minor or infecting someone with HIV. Kenya and Ghana both are looking to toughen existing laws that already criminalize LGBTQ behavior.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice