Evangelizing the world for LGBTQIA+ activism

Jan 15, 2022 by

by Mark Tooley, World:

The State Department joins forces with liberal religious leaders to export progressive culture war ideals.

The U.S. State Department is accepting applications from LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups for grants totaling $2.5 million. The deadline is Feb. 4 for funding from the new Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy and Empowerment Fund. This project showcases the further embedding of liberal culture war promotion into U.S. foreign policy.

Our foreign policy should promote U.S. national interests, which include democracy and historic human rights, not transgenderism, LGBTQI+ advocacy, and abortion. Americans share a consensus about the promotion of democracy, but not about the exporting of a progressive culture war that undermines U.S. national interests.

In October, the White House released its National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, which includes defending “safe and legal abortion in the United States, established in Roe v. Wade, and [promoting] access to sexual and reproductive health and rights both at home and abroad.”

It also pledges to “combat discrimination and harmful gender norms that affect people of all genders: women and girls—including transgender women and girls—gender nonbinary and gender nonconforming people, as well as men and boys.” And it cites the “transgender athlete who dreams of the chance to compete free from discrimination.” So, there was no surprise when the State Department tweeted in support of International Pronouns Day on Oct. 20. And it no longer requires medical documentation to change the gender on passports.

Unsurprisingly, these themes emerged amid the Summit for Democracy, hosted by the State Department in December. The event was ostensibly organized to counter increasing authoritarianism around the world. The White House promoted a pre-summit event hosted by the ultra-liberal Union Seminary in New York on “LGBTQIA+ rights and international faith communities,” which included White House Principle Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “As faith leaders, we are called to protect LGBTQIA+ rights around the globe” Union Seminary tweeted. “We’re working with the White House to get it done.”

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