February 24, 2024

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LGBTQ Lobby Pressures Dems to Stall Brownback Nomination

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Under pressure from the LGBTQ lobby, Senate Democrats cannot even fake an interest in religious liberty, including the liberty of Christians in America.

The LGBTQ lobby showed its muscle at Gov. Sam Brownback’s confirmation hearing for the position of U.S. ambassador at large for religious liberty. In fact, all ten Democrats on the nominating committee voted against Brownback’s confirmation, and the Party intends “to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take extra procedural steps on the Brownback nomination in order to get him confirmed.”

In thrall to the LGBTQ lobby, Rockhurst High grad and would-be vice-president Sen. Tim Kaine had the nerve to ask Brownback, a former U.S. Senator himself, whether there were any circumstances “under which criminalizing, imprisoning or executing people based on their LGBT status could be deemed acceptable because somebody asserts they are religiously motivated in doing so?”

The question is insulting on a number of levels, not the least of which is that the Democratic Party is openly allied with the Muslim lobby as well. It is in Muslim countries where criminalizing, imprisoning or executing people based on their LGBT status actually happens. In Brownback’s Kansas about the worst that can happen is that an LGBTQ person gets denied a wedding cake, and the Christian cake maker runs more risk than the person denied.

Those readers who feel a bit unhip for not knowing what the “Q” stands for can take heart knowing they are in good company. No one quite knows. The Human Rights Campaign, a power in the LGBTQ community, insist it stands for “queer.” Says the HRC, “While we have been using the ‘Q’ in much of our work for years, HRC has now officially embraced the word’s positive evolution, joining other advocates, supporters and new-generation activists who are taking back ‘queer’ from those who still seek to use it as a slur.”

According to Heartland Alliance, however, the Q can also stand for “Questioning.” The Q “refers to individuals who are unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.” In discussing these issues the Q is still optional. It will not be for long. One can say the most vile things about the gun lobby or the pro-life lobby, but one flirts with career suicide by challenging the LGBTQ lobby.

HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy does not like Sam Brownback. “Given Gov. Brownback’s anti-LGBTQ record,” he said, “it is deeply worrying that he could use this position to promote the harmful idea that individuals holding certain religious views should somehow be permitted be discriminate against LGBTQ people or other minorities.”

If the HRC does not like Brownback neither do the Democrats.

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