Exporting Deviancy

By Richard Nelson

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June 11, 2013

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In his speech marking June as LGBTQ–Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning month, President Barack Obama listed a string of ways his administration has promoted LGBTQ acceptance in America. "My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’… And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world. We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act.”

Glad to know what the president has been up to.

Besides the IRS harassing and targeting conservative nonprofit groups, the Justice Department targeting a conservative journalist, and the NSA data mining communications of U.S. citizens, we now know that other important work is being done.

This is the first time a U.S. president has ever spent time and energy and tax dollars to internationally promote the acceptance of homosexuality–an activity that many nations find reprehensible to practice. Probably not the best diplomatic foot to put forward in such troubled times, especially when this news adds gasoline to the fire of our fiercest enemies.  If you've ever wondered why the Q in LGBTQ, stands for Questioning, we at least now have another explanation.
 

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