Concerned Women for America, the conservative group founded by Beverly LaHaye, recently “met with a Trump-appointed USAID senior official” to lobby against the continuance of Obama-era initiatives to promote LGBTQ rights around the globe, according to a post on the group’s website.
CWA starts its report on the meeting with its concern that the U.S. is spending “millions of tax dollars promoting [LGBTI] cultural acceptance into foreign countries”:
In the beginning, God made man and woman in His own likeness—two distinct sexes each with unique and special characteristics—and declared His creation “good”. Who could have anticipated that this God-given and inherent identity of gender and sex would be so debated, twisted, and redefined by the liberal left today? Even more incredible is that the U.S government under Obama-era policies, not content with promoting multiple gender and sexual “identities” within the U.S., spends millions of tax dollars promoting Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Inquiring (LGBTI) cultural acceptance into foreign countries under the guise of “gender development” and “human rights”.
CWA clarifies that they “strongly believe in supporting the human rights of all people around the world,” but object to programs that “encourage the exploration of gender and sexual identity, and promote multiple identities/orientations as a ‘progressive’ value.” They continue:
However, currently the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promote LGBT cultural and social acceptance within foreign countries through taxpayer-funded programs that extend far beyond the context of basic human rights. Rather, these programs encourage the exploration of gender and sexual identity, and promote multiple identities/orientations as a “progressive” value. These programs are backed by a political agenda begun during the Obama Administration and continue today in spite of the differing viewpoint of the Trump administration.
Concerned Women for America urges our government to strongly oppose human rights abuses against LGBT communities but also to no longer entangle U.S. tax dollars with LGBT cultural issues overseas through U.S. embassies, schools, and international programming. We ask that our tax dollars be redirected toward objectives that focus more clearly on U.S. foreign diplomacy and developmental goals. We ask that our “gender empowerment” tax dollars be used to promote policies and programs which best support the rights and wellbeing of females around the world. Last, we ask that State and USAID-funded programs be representative of the majority of the values and beliefs of Americans and of the foreign cultures which we support.
The group specifies that these LGBTQ acceptance programs don’t “represent the values of the majority of American citizens” and “violate the conscience, culture, values and religious beliefs of the majority of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian people in the countries we propose to ‘support’ with U.S. aid.”