President Trump has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Family Research Council, a group that is openly hostile against homosexuality. Trump will be the first sitting U.S. President to speak at the Family Research Council’s annual event on Friday.
The Family Research Council was founded in 1983 and is a conservative Christian group and lobbying organization. This organization champions a dangerous move made by Trump to promote “religious liberty,” confirmed by President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins, “President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty and the follow up actions last week by HHS and DOJ, demonstrate that he is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom.”
The group is happy about Trump’s executive order because they clearly want to reverse rights of the LGBT community. Progress we made under former President Obama is at serious jeopardy of being destroyed. The organization holds a completely backwards stance against the LGBT community, as seen below.
“Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects. While the origins of same-sex attractions may be complex, there is no convincing evidence that a homosexual identity is ever something genetic or inborn. Sympathy must be extended to those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions, and every effort should be made to assist such persons to overcome those attractions, as many already have.” the group’s website says.
President of the Family Research Council Perkins specifically alluded to undoing the progress made by former President Obama, while praising Trump’s anti-LGBT discrimination. “Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,” Perkins said, “Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.”
These are certainly dark times for this nation, as these evil people seek to harm those who deserve the same rights we all have. It felt great to see the LGBT community obtain marriage equality rights under Obama, which makes the fear of them losing their rights so soon after obtaining them disheartening. Congress must act against the destruction of progress that has been made in this country.