What's Wrong with this Picture?
The Obama administration has just announced that American foreign aid will be used to "promote gay rights around the world."
Mr. Obama has made an unequivocal statement:
"I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world."
He has promised that the U.S. State Department would provide a "swift and meaningful response to serious incidents that threaten the human rights" of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people abroad."
As quoted from the New York Times article:
The presidential memorandum issued by the White House said that federal agencies engaged abroad had been directed to "combat the criminalization of LGBT status or conduct abroad; protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers; leverage foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance nondiscrimination; ensure swift and meaningful U.S. response to human rights abuses of LGBT persons abroad; engage international organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination; and issue reports on progress.
The report cites several of our allies, including Saudi Arabia, as countries where the U.S. will apply pressure in this area of human rights.
This is all fine, even appropriate. But the issue that looms large is that the State Department appears to have far less concern about the rights (or lack thereof) of Coptic Christians and Jews in Middle Eastern countries. Imagine replacing LGBT in the quote above with the words Coptic Christians, or Jews? Ever heard anyone in this administration speak like that?
Of course not.
Obama is campaigning and shoring up the gay vote, while continuing politics as usual with respect to Coptic Christians and Jews.
His motives and sympathies are transparent, except to those who refuse to see the truth.