[Rushtalk] Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State Department Workers
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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
> *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
> 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 spokesman./
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