Trump Names Anti-LGBT Evangelical To U.N. Panel That Supports LGBT Rights
Among those participating as U.S. panelists during a United Nations meeting entitled “Decriminalizing Homosexuality in Solidarity with LGBTQ People” last week was an American evangelical with a history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, according LGBTQ Nation.
The intent of the panel discussion was “to highlight the Trump administration’s goal of decriminalizing homosexuality in the around 70 countries that ban it,” leaving one member to stick out from the crowd: Johnnie Moore, “a member of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom and the founder of the public relations firm Kairos Company.”
Among the anti-homosexual comments and writings Moore has authored is a 2008 piece for the far-right website OneNewsNow, in which he blasted Katy Perry’s song, “I Kissed a Girl,” as a sign that “media moguls” were trying to “alter the healthy development of our nation’s kids.”
“We are facing the rise of the most homosexually friendly generation in history,” Moore wrote at the time. “Homosexual experimentation is also an epidemic. This is the fruit of years of marketing that has literally altered the worldviews of our nation’s 80 million millennials.”
Moore also wrote to Congress asking the legislative body to step in and stop Washington, D.C., from handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, LGBTQ Nation noted.
He also recently and “proudly participated in an evangelical panel that claimed they advised Donald Trump to issue his transgender military ban.”
During his appearance at the UN last week, Moore was critical of countries that ban homosexuality, despite his own stance against equality for the LBGTQ community at home.
“We need religious leaders to stand up and say, ‘This is not only a bad law that needs to be changed, but it is in defiance of the human dignity of an individual,’” Moore said during the meeting.
In a statement following the event, OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern, who was in attendance, criticized the Trump administration for its position on sodomy laws while ignoring other issues that plague the LGBTQ community — including other forms of discrimination and violence.
“The decriminalization of same-sex relations is crucial, but it is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “There isn’t a single country in the world in which LGBTIQ people don’t face discrimination or violence, purely for who we love or our gender identity. Instead of focusing only on decriminalization; we need to promote acceptance, understanding, and equality for all LGBTIQ people everywhere.”