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

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Fri Dec 30 17:44:42 MST 2016

/*McCarthyism?!? I don't see this as a bad thing. Do you, Carl? I think 
McCarthyism is a bit strong...........*/

On 12/30/2016 7:27 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>   *Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State
>   Department Workers
>   <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-lgbt-state-department_us_58545b9be4b039044708b7cc>*
>     *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 
> <http://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20161215/state-department-social-issues>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 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/13/energy-dept-rejects-trumps-request-to-name-climate-change-workers-who-remain-worried/>.
> /This article has been updated to include comment from a Trump 
> transition spokesman./
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