Monday, February 25, 2019

Family Research Council: Serving Conservatism or Serving the Republican Party?


Family Research Council: Serving Conservatism or Serving the Republican Party?

By Julio Severo
In an article titled “New Trump push: Make homosexuality legal everywhere,” WorldNetDaily, one of the most prominent conservative websites in the world, said,
“The Trump administration’s highest profile gay person is leading an effort to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal.”
The highest profile homosexual is Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Yet, the Family Research Council (FRC) had a different interpretation. In its piece titled “Human Rights Are Human Rights,” FRC said that “Grenell wrote in an opinion piece in the German newspaper Bild that ‘government officials must . . . demand that U.N. members decriminalize homosexuality,’” but assuring that “There’s just one problem — besides the ambassador, it doesn’t seem that President Trump – or anyone else in the administration — authorized this ‘campaign.’”
So while WorldNetDaily reported about an effort of the Trump administration, led by Grenell, to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, FRC reported basically that the case is not so serious.
I will argue that the case is very serious. Grenell is the most prominent homosexual activist in the Republican Party and in the Trump administration. He is married to another homosexual man and he defends many items of the gay agenda, including homosexual “marriage.” No real conservative would ever appoint such gay activist to any government post, but Trump did it. Trump did exactly what Obama would have done. What should a president expect after appointing a gay activist? Pro-family campaigns?
FRC correctly said,
“For the last eight years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bludgeoned foreign capitals with ‘diplomacy’ designed to advance an LGBT agenda around the world and in the United Nations — doing damage to our relations with many countries as a result. The Trump administration should be ending such efforts, not making them a priority.”
Yet, immediately FRC mentioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a good example and that “Now the tide has turned.”
How such did change happened? In the Obama administration, State Secretary Hillary Clinton celebrated June as homosexual pride month in the State Department. If the tide has turned, as FRC said, then today, under Trump, is there no celebration of homosexual pride in the State Department, right? Wrong!
Under Trump, former State Secretary Rex Tillerson proclaimed June 2017 as “LGBT Pride Month.” And again under Trump, current State Secretary Mike Pompeo proclaimed June 2018 as “LGBTI Pride Month.”
So, where has the tide turned?
FRC thinks that a view of Pompeo sums up the best intents. FRC said,
“Now the tide has turned. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo articulated the proper way to think about all this… Pompeo responded: ‘I deeply believe LGBTQ persons have every right that every other person has.’”
By saying that homosexuals have every right that every other person has, Pompeo betrayed the real intent of the Trump administration, because if every person has a right to marriage and adoption of children, Pompeo’s declaration suggested that every homosexual has a right to marriage and adoption of children too.
The tide has not turned as far as celebrations of homosexual pride in the State Department are concerned. But as far as evangelical values are concerned, the tide has turned. Pompeo sees himself as a conservative evangelical. If conservative evangelicals are now celebrating homosexuality in the State Department, the tide has really turned — for the worse.
Then, trying to find a compromise to please gay activists and conservatives, FRC ended its piece saying,
“Let’s find common ground in calling for an end to all forms of physical violence against homosexuals — but refrain from imposing the values of the sexual revolution on the rest of the world.”
So FRC showed that it supports a campaign to end “all forms of physical violence against homosexuals.” Yet, why remember violence against homosexuals, but not violence by homosexuals? Has FRC forgotten that there is an epidemic of homosexual abuse against boys?
When I think about violence and homosexuality, the first thought coming to my mind is not individuals suffering violence for their immoral sexual lifestyle. The first thinking is children suffering homosexual violence — physical and psychological. There is a massive effort to cover up the suffering of children in the hands of homosexual predators.
The interpretation that I have regarding the FRC piece is that FRC tried minimize and protect the Trump administration from the expected effects of the presence of a homosexual activist in the government. FRC essentially minimized the reality of the campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, but at the same time it recognized that it is willing to accept a campaign to end “all forms of physical violence against homosexuals.”
How about a campaign to end all forms of homosexual physical violence against boys? Should not a campaign to protect boys and their innocence be much more important than protecting individuals who chose an immoral and perverse sexual lifestyle?
It makes no sense to support a campaign to end “all forms of physical violence against homosexuals” while thousands and thousands of boys suffer sexual violence from homosexuals.
If I were the State Secretary, the tide would really turn. I would launch a “Month of Protection of Children Against Homosexual Propaganda and Violence.” I would also launch a push to encourage nations to protect children and teens from homosexual propaganda and its psychological and physical violence.
In my view, FRC and its president, Tony Perkins, should be forthright if they really believe in conservative values.
Last year, FRC took part in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the oldest and largest annual “conservative” conference in America. Shamefully, CPAC banned pro-family group MassResistance as an exhibitor while permitting the homosexualist group Log Cabin Republicans to remain. Log Cabin Republicans is a wing of homosexual militants in the Republican Party.
Why did not FRC defend the conservative group and denounce the homosexualist group?
“It is unconscionable that a self-styled conservative organization like CPAC would ban a sponsorship table for a leading pro-family group like MassResistance — while allowing the homosexual activist Log Cabin Republicans to sponsor a table at the same conference,” said Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). Interestingly, the precursor of AFTAH was launched at a CPAC gathering 26 years ago.
“This is upside-down,” continued LaBarbera. “It is Log Cabin Republicans, which crusades for homosexual ‘marriage,’ that is undermining conservatism.”
When the ban of MassResistance became a scandal after it was denounced by LaBarbera, LifeSiteNews and other pro-life websites, CPAC invited FRC to have a booth, as a last-minute strategy to cover up its scandalous ban against MassResistance. It was inappropriate for FRC to accept the invitation without denouncing the anticonservative actions of CPAC.
So the tide has not turned in the homosexual celebrations in the State Department, but it has done so in the conservative fight against the homosexual agenda. As LaBarbera rightly said, to ban conservative groups and invite homosexualist groups for the most important conservative event in America shows that everything “is upside-down.”
Even if Trump had not approved the campaign of homosexual activist Richard Grenell, let us remember that Trump nominated a gay judge last October and he himself appointed Grenell. And who else than Trump authorized, in 2017 and 2018, the State Department to celebrate June as homosexual pride month?
Also, in 2017 Trump kept Randy Berry as the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a post created by the Obama administration. In fact, this U.S. Department of State post, which was a global breakthrough, was pioneered by Obama to promote the acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism abroad as the official U.S. foreign policy.
Trump kept this most powerful symbol of the former Obama administration’s homosexual imperialism even after evangelical leaders had specifically asked for its immediate demise.
In that time, Tony Perkins said, “Keeping Berry only signals to the world that the extreme agenda of the Obama years is still deeply entrenched in the State Department.” Why does Perkins think that now the State Department has changed for the better?
Why do FRC and Perkins pretend to ignore such homosexual advances in the Trump administration? Why do they refuse to expose these scandals in their cruel reality? Why minimize them?
Proverbs 27:6 teaches that true friends correct us. If FRC is a real friend of Trump and the Republican Party, it should forthrightly correct them. Only this way the tide can turn.
It is not easy to correct friends, and I know what I am talking about: I have been a friend of FRC for over 25 years.
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Largest U.S. Gay Magazine Furious Over Evangelical Protest Against U.S. Government Effort to Decriminalize Homosexuality Around the World


Largest U.S. Gay Magazine Furious Over Evangelical Protest Against U.S. Government Effort to Decriminalize Homosexuality Around the World

By Julio Severo
It is not a small thing when two prominent U.S. left-wing publications choose to expose and attack you for your conservative stances. It is a sign that your conservative views are bothering them and having a good effect.
The latest dissatisfaction and complain from the left are because U.S. evangelical leaders and I protested over a recent push by Trump’s State Department to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. We protested especially because this liberal effort is being led by the most prominent homosexual activist in the Republican Party and in the Trump administration, Richard Grenell, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Such protest led The Advocate and Right Wing Watch to make the choice of attacking me. In an article titled “Evangelicals Furious Over Trump Plan to Decriminalize Homosexuality,” The Advocate, which is the biggest U.S. gay magazine and boasts, in its own words, of being “The World’s Leading News Source for LGBT,” said,
In a commentary for BarbWire, another far-right site, Julio Severo denounced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a conservative Christian, for supporting Grenell’s effort, and took the opportunity to accuse LGBTQ people of being a danger to children.
“Such push coming from the Trump administration is a shame,” Severo wrote. “Coming from an evangelical who is the State Secretary, helping homosexual activist Grenell, is a bigger shame, because he is doing exactly what left-wing Protestant Hillary Clinton was doing when she was also a State Secretary.”
I have no pleasure in denouncing “evangelical” Pompeo or any other evangelical advocating any component of the homosexual agenda. But is not it very strange that Pompeo, whom The Advocate labels as a “conservative Christian,” needs the biggest U.S. gay magazine to defend him from a Brazilian conservative evangelical? Is not it strange that The Advocate sides with him against me?
It is stranger that a powerful gay magazine had to intervene somewhat to defend the Trump administration from conservative evangelicals like me.
The Advocate correctly mentioned my view on homosexuality and violence,
“When I think about violence and homosexuality, the first thought coming to my mind is not individuals suffering violence for their sexual lifestyle,” he added. “The first thinking is children suffering homosexual violence — physical and psychological. There is a massive effort to cover up the suffering of children in the hands of homosexual predators.”
Saying, with no evidence, that there is no connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of boys, The Advocate added that I “blamed gay priests for the widespread abuse of children and teens in the Roman Catholic Church. The church ‘is a living evidence of the gravity of homosexual violence against children.’”
You can read more of my BarbWire article that bothered The Advocate here.
Other conservatives exposed in The Advocate’s story are Massachusetts minister and WorldNetDaily columnist Scott Lively and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.
This is not the first time that The Advocate chose me for attacks. In a June 2017 story, The Advocate called me and other American conservatives “wingnuts.” You can read my answer to The Advocate in my article: Reading the Far Left: Left-Wing Wingnuts Call Conservatives What They Are
In another June 2017 story, The Advocate said,
“BarbWire contributor, Julio Severo, spent a recent column excoriating Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month.”
As an evangelical, former State Secretary Rex Tillerson proclaimed June 2017 as “LGBT Pride Month,” and as an evangelical, I denounced it. Now that current evangelical State Secretary Mike Pompeo proclaimed June 2018 as “LGBTI Pride Month,” as an evangelical I have also denounced it.
As a conservative evangelical, it is my Christian duty to denounce evangelicals who help the homosexual activism. Sadly, two of these evangelicals, Pompeo and Tillerson, have had the highest post in the State Department, right under the watch of Trump. In fact, they were appointed by him. And The Advocate thinks that it is its duty to defend them against me!
It is very interesting that evangelical State Secretaries Pompeo and Tillerson are not in any The Advocate’s blacklist. But I am! And as far as it depends on The Advocate, I deserve also to be backlisted by State Secretaries and their State Department.
These are not the only attacks of The Advocate against me. In 2011 The Advocate criticized me because I defended a child and her biological mother against a homosexual predator. You can read the whole story here: “World’s biggest gay magazine: no compassion and tolerance for a former lesbian and her daughter.”
The Advocate is not the only far-left-wing group in the U.S. attacking me.
Right Wing Watch, a far-left-wing group, said on February 22, 2019:
Julio Severo is very upset about the Trump administration’s global effort to decriminalize homosexuality: “When I think about violence and homosexuality, the first thought coming to my mind is not individuals suffering violence for their sexual lifestyle. The first thinking is children suffering homosexual violence — physical and psychological. There is a massive effort to cover up the suffering of children in the hands of homosexual predators.”
Other conservatives attacked by Right Wing Watch were Franklin Graham and BarbWire editor David Jolly.
Right Wing Watch is a project of the far-left-wing People for the American Way and it has, according to its website, a special mission to attack conservatives opposed to the gay agenda, abortion and Muslim ideology.
According to WND, People for the American Way (PFAW) is “an atheist socialist organization which, through publications like its ‘Right Wing Watch,’ dedicates itself to the destruction of conservatives in general.”
Many prominent U.S. conservative names are in Right Wing Watch’s blacklist. My place in their blacklist is here.
What do U.S. conservatives say about Right Wing Watch?
Pat Robertson, of 700 Club, said, “A nasty group.”
Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth of Homosexuality, said, “They should call it People for the Homosexual Way.”
Matt Barber, the founder of BarbWire, said, “A radical secularist agenda… a socialist agenda… pushing the culture of death.”
Twenty, ten years ago I was attacked only by the Brazilian left-wing and homosexualist movement for denouncing the former Brazilian socialist administrations and their left-wing and homosexualist policies. The attacks happened especially because I am the author of the book “O Movimento Homosexual,” published in 1998 by the Brazilian branch of Bethany House Publishers. This was the first Brazilian book exposing the homosexual movement.
Today I am attacked by the powerful U.S. left and homosexualist movement, firstly, for denouncing Obama and his left-wing and homosexualist policies, and now for denouncing Trump’s State Department and its homosexualist policies.
If I never spared Obama for his homosexualist policies, why should I spare Trump?
I stand on God’s Word. The Advocate and Right Wing Watch shall pass away, but God’s Word shall last forever.
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Trump Administration Seeks Legalization of Homosexuality Around the World While Children and Other Victims of Homosexuality Are Forgotten


Trump Administration Seeks Legalization of Homosexuality Around the World While Children and Other Victims of Homosexuality Are Forgotten

By Julio Severo
U.S. conservatives were shocked when they read headlines this week announcing that the U.S. government is spearheading an effort to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. This is a concern especially for the main base of Trump: evangelicals.
In its headline titled “New Trump push: Make homosexuality legal everywhere,” WND (WorldNetDaily) said,
“The Trump administration’s highest profile gay person is leading an effort to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal.”
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who is a prominent homosexual activist in the Republican Party and in the Trump administration, was chosen by Trump to lead the decriminalization push. Grenell is married to a homosexual man and he has been fighting for homosexual privileges, including gay “marriage.”
Even though, in this phase, the U.S. government has said that the push involves no fight for gay “marriage,” the tone that the U.S. State Department has been giving to the homosexual agenda is very worrying.
WND said,
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, is supporting the diplomatic effort to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT people, NBC said, citing U.S. officials. Pompeo declared in his Senate confirmation hearing: ‘I deeply believe that LGBTQ persons have every right that every other person in the world would have.’”
By saying that homosexuals have every right that every other person has, Pompeo betrayed the real intent of the Trump administration, because if every person has a right to marriage and adoption of children, Pompeo’s declaration suggested that every homosexual has a right to marriage and adoption of children too. It is, as he said himself, his deep conviction.
Such push coming from the Trump administration is a shame. Coming from an evangelical who is the State Secretary, helping homosexual activist Grenell, is a bigger shame, because he is doing exactly what left-wing Protestant Hillary Clinton was doing when she was also a State Secretary.
On the homosexual issue, the Trump administration is misrepresenting U.S. conservatives.
On the homosexual issue, “evangelical” Pompeo is misrepresenting U.S. evangelicals.
Under Clinton, the State Department had its Gay Pride Months. Now under “evangelical” Pompeo, the State Department has its “LGBTI Pride Months.” A whole month where U.S. government officials celebrate homosexuality in the U.S. and its embassies around the world!
Even if the push of the Trump administration addressed only violence against homosexuals, why prioritize individuals known for their bad sexual choices?
When I think about violence and homosexuality, the first thought coming to my mind is not individuals suffering violence for their sexual lifestyle. The first thinking is children suffering homosexual violence — physical and psychological. There is a massive effort to cover up the suffering of children in the hands of homosexual predators.
The Catholic Church is a living evidence of the gravity of homosexual violence against children. Young men with hidden homosexual problems enter Catholic seminaries, and even though they are never delivered from their homosexual demons and vices, they become priests and bishops. The natural consequence is that their homosexuality eventually produces sexual violence against children.
If you cannot hinder even a Christian setting where there is homosexuality from committing sexual violence against children, how does the U.S. government expect to protect a homosexual culture known for making children especially vulnerable to sexual abuse?
I have no doubt that George Washington, the first U.S. president known for discharging dishonorably a soldier because of his homosexual behavior, would never accept a “LGBTI Pride Month” in the State Department. Instead, he would launch a “Month of Protection of Children Against Homosexual Propaganda and Violence.” He would also launch a push to encourage nations to protect children and teens from homosexual propaganda and its psychological and physical violence.
Putin’s Russia has given a very good example by enacting in 2013 a law banning homosexual propaganda to children. The Obama administration, which was busy celebrating homosexuality in its State Department and engaged in efforts to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, growled at the Russian law and used the Ukrainian issue as a pretext to impose sanctions on Russia.
With Trump, my expectation was that he would use the U.S. government to do much more than Russia against the powerful homosexual agenda and its predatory threat to children. Yet, in many ways and year after year Trump, his administration and his State Department are doing more and more to imitate Obama and his obsession to celebrate homosexuality.
Obama never was worried about children and their protection against the predatory threat of homosexual propaganda. Trump and “evangelical” Pompeo never showed any such worry too. No “Month of Protection of Children Against Homosexual Propaganda and Violence.”
All of them are interested in protecting a predatory sexual behavior that brought God’s judgment to Sodom as an example of societies that would choose homosexuality as their official lifestyle. The U.S., under Obama and Trump, are not only celebrating and protecting this perverted lifestyle, but the Obama administration worked and the Trump administration has been working to spread the celebration and protection of this lifestyle that even today is bringing big curses to the Catholic Church and eventually bring bigger curses and destruction to societies that insist on embracing what God has always condemned.
God has said,
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22 ESV)
“What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near them is an example for us of the punishment of eternal fire. The people of these cities suffered the same fate that God’s people and the angels did, because they committed sexual sins and engaged in homosexual activities.” (Jude 1:7 GWV)
May evangelicals who elected Trump pray for him to stop imitating Obama. And may they ask him to oust homosexual activist Richard Grenell from his administration and “evangelical” Mike Pompeo from his State Department and appoint evangelicals who may be able to celebrate a “Month of Protection of Children Against Homosexual Propaganda and Violence” in the State Department and launch an international push with such good example.
Conservatives and evangelicals, in the U.S. and around the world, expect no less than this from America.
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