Even the left is coming to realize that the aggressive stance of the Obama administration on the homosexual agenda in foreign policy has come to harm the issue. An essay in the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs is the latest.The “Political Left” seems to be a piece in Foreign Affairs to which there is no link and for which the author is unidentified. Ruse doesn't even quote anything from the piece. Very compelling indeed. Ruse writes:
The Obama administration considers the homosexual agenda as “part of the DNA” of American foreign policy. The US has been very aggressive in promoting that agenda even in countries that do not want it.I have no idea who Ruse is quoting in the first paragraph. By now you would think that Ruse would learn that referring to the Homosexual Agenda™ only makes him the object of due ridicule. Yes. As a nation we think that LGBT rights are important. We object to the marginalization, jailing and even murdering of LGBT people in the name of religion. No. The Catholic Church does not decide who our ambassadors shall be.
The homosexual rainbow flag has flown over American embassies around the world, even in Muslim countries. The Catholic Church in the Dominican Republic has called for the ouster of the homosexual US Ambassador for his aggressive stance on an issue that offends everyday Dominicans.
I have written before about the DR and its whack-job Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez who likes to call Ambassador Brewster a “faggot” (in Spanish of course). More recently the deranged cardinal said that the accomplices of Ambassador Brewster are “pimps and reptiles.” Nice. That's what leads the country's Catholic bishops. It is hard to imagine why the cardinal is not more influential with respect to our foreign policy.
The US actually cancelled military exercises with our African allies in Uganda for its conservative laws on same-sex issues. Uganda is a principle ally of the US in that region in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. Homosexual activists in Uganda blame Obama’s aggression on passage of even more conservative laws on homosexual issues.Yes. Gay rights are human rights and we take human rights very seriously. We try to influence human rights around the world. We are not alone in this regard. Several European nations including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden have cut aid to Uganda to show their opposition to the harsh anti-gay laws in the country. The United Nations, to which Uganda is a member, is demonstrating increasing support for LGBT rights as human rights.
Amman, Jordan-based journalist Aaron Magid explains that much of the Middle East opposes homosexuality, “including 95% of Egyptians and 97% of Jordanians.” He writes such an aggressive stance on homosexual issues “contradicts the wishes of many [homosexual and gender confused] people actually living the Arab Middle East.”Again, no links to anything. Is it “Magid” (first paragraph) or “Madid”(second paragraph? I have no idea who this guy is or how accurate those percentages are. What I find outrageous is that Ruse seems to concur that our advocacy is at fault for violence against LGBT citizens of those countries. Violence in the name of religion is inexcusable. Religious leaders are at fault. Yes. We know that the Muslim world opposes LGBT rights. We are trying to change that. It is an American obligation to export human rights around the world.
Madid reports that in 2015 U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Alice Wells, “attended a small event in Amman organized by members of the local [homosexual and gender confused] community. Many Jordanians were outraged and after her public appearance a number of [homosexual and gender confused] individuals were violently harassed.”
Just because their prophet Muhammad decided in the seventh century that homosexuality was a sin doesn't mean that gay people should be oppressed. It means that adherents have to make their own choices. Ironically, if Ruse had things his way the United States would look a great deal like Saudi Arabia. Only the source of the superstition would be different.
It is absurd that Mr. Ruse refers to transgender people as “gender confused.” Regardless of what the pope may say about “gender ideology” he is a theologian and catechist. Science tells us that transgender people are not confused. If anyone is confused it is Mr. Ruse. Mr. Ruse is profoundly confused about many things regarding human sexuality. In his latest piece he seems confused about more than that. His organization is the (Catholic) Center for Family & Human Rights. Too bad he is confused about what human rights means.