The Christian right constantly, and wrongly, accuses “the left” of being moral and cultural relativists. But in a recent email to his followers, Tony Perkins suddenly transforms himself into a cultural relativist — but only for a single issue. And yep, it’s all about The Gay.
So Tony Perkins thinks that American diplomacy should show deference to other countries’ values and traditions, does he? So obviously, Obama should not do anything to help the Christian woman in Sudan who was sentenced to death, right? After all, that’s part of Sudan’s “values and tradition.” Nope. He demanded action on it (and rightly so). And on Christian pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, too. In fact, he demands that the State Department get involved anywhere a Christian’s rights are being denied in other countries (and again, rightly so).
No sooner had Hillary Clinton taken over the State Department than the White House ordered her to use the agency as a club to beat other nations into submission on sexual politics. Now, while American forces look anxiously to Iraq, the Obama administration is launching another global offensive: Operation International “Tolerance.” While the rest of the world debates the Middle East, the President is trying to put troops on the ground in the fight to promote global homosexuality.
Secretary John Kerry made that quite clear Thursday in a speech to his own State Department, where he sent a warning shot to other nations that same-sex “spouses” of U.S. personnel will be treated as “married,” regardless of the host country’s beliefs. “Let me be clear,” he lectured, in a defiant speech, “we oppose any effort by any country to deny visas for spouses of American staff. It’s discriminatory, it’s unacceptable, it has no place in the 21st century.”
Neither, apparently, does real diplomacy – which, until President Obama’s election, meant a respectful deference to other countries’ values and traditions.
But when it’s gay people being imprisoned, tortured and killed, he’s suddenly a cultural relativist and is outraged — OUTRAGED — that our government would even speak out for their human rights. And funny how he thinks only the United States should respect other countries’ laws, but only on this one issue. He doesn’t demand that other countries respect our laws and grant visas to the same-sex spouses of American diplomats. He doesn’t even pretend to be consistent or coherent.