[Rushtalk] Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State Department Workers

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Fri Dec 30 17:27:05 MST 2016

Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State Department

A new twist on old McCarthyism.
12/16/2016 04:57 pm ET |

A leading social conservative organization is calling on the Trump
administration to “ferret out” employees at the State Department who
worked to promote LGBT rights and replace them with conservatives.

The Family Research Council, in a little-noticed statement on Thursday,
accused the Obama administration of having deployed the State Department
to advance an LGBT agenda, and argued it was incumbent on the next
secretary of state ― likely ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson ― to stop it.

“I certainly don’t see Tillerson cut from the same cloth as [Hillary]
Clinton or [John] Kerry, but he doesn’t have to be for these anti-life,
liberal social policies to continue,” said a statement that appears to
be written by the group’s president, Tony Perkins. “He must have the
courage to stop the promotion of this anti-family, anti-life agenda,
which is very much a question mark given that he capitulated to
activists pushing to liberalize the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuality
when he was at the helm of the organization. 

“The incoming administration needs to make clear that these liberal
policies will be reversed and the ‘activists’ within the State
Department promoting them will be ferreted out and will be replaced by
conservatives who will ensure the State Department focuses on true
international human rights like religious liberty which is under
unprecedented assault,” the statement concludes.

The Family Research Council is one of the last remaining major interest
groups to wage these types of cultural wars. But there is a dark,
McCarthyist undertone to the idea that an incoming administration should
remove civil servants who have pushed for the advancement of LGBT
rights; in part because it’s a slippery slope to removing people who
are, themselves, LGBT.

Trump has been far more moderate on LGBT rights than many Republicans ―
perhaps a reflection of his cosmopolitan, socially liberal upbringing.
And it would be an abrupt about-face for him to take this advice after
repeatedly criticizing Hillary Clinton for not standing up further to
countries that didn’t have strong records on LGBT rights.

Indeed, after this article was published, Trump’s transition team
released a statement expressing strong opposition to the Family Research
Council’s appeal. 

“President-elect Trump campaigned on a message of unity in order to
bring all Americans together. To think that discrimination of any kind
will be condoned or tolerated in a Trump Administration is simply
absurd,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.

But Trump’s transition team has also tried a variation of fettering at
another agency. His transition sought the names of Department of Energy
employees that worked on climate change matters. The department this
week denied that request.

This article has been updated to include comment from a Trump transition


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