Just one month into office, President Joe Biden – who campaigned on "equity" for all – is already receiving backlash from a prominent religious leader for catering to the LGBTQ community when it comes to fighting for "human rights."
Catholic League president Bill Donohue argues that even though Biden spent his first day as president discussing human rights, he focused on giving privileges to homosexuals and transgenders – to the exclusion of most other people groups. The Democratic president, says Donohue, began his Oval Office duties by signing a flurry of executive orders, including one forcing all federal agencies to add sex and gender to discrimination protections.
"[C]hildren should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports," Biden declared via executive order on January 20 – confirming his administration's determination to permit biological males to compete against girls in sports while sharing their locker rooms, showers and restrooms.
Global LGBTQ push
The Catholic League leader emphasizes that Biden is pushing LGBTQ activism beyond America's borders.
"President Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was committed to taking numerous steps to prioritize the rights of what he called LGBTQ persons abroad," Donohue noted. "Before his confirmation, Blinken vowed to fill an LGBTQ envoy at the United Nations, as well as to allow U.S. embassies abroad to fly the LGBTQ pride flag."
Biden also signed an executive order expanding the number of refugees permitted into the United States, giving more access to refugees with LGBTQ gender and sexual orientations.
"[My administration will] reinvigorate our leadership on LGBTQI issues and do it internationally," Biden vowed without saying what the "I" stands for, according to the Catholic League, before adding an unexplained symbol to the acrostic. "[We want to] lead by the power of our example in the cause of advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world."
Donohue admits he found that declaration unsettling. "[T]he determination of the Biden administration to impose radical secular Western values on parts of the world that do not share our libertine vision of sexuality [is] disturbing," the conservative leader expressed.
And one thing couldn't be clearer about the president's proclamation, Donohue added: the negative effect it will have on religious rights.
"[H]e made it plain that his interest in this subject extends far beyond efforts to combat discrimination," the conservative leader stressed. "He wants an activist campaign that encourages foreign aid programs abroad to promote the agenda of the LGBT community. This directive could potentially limit the federal funding that religious organizations receive."
What Christian persecution?
Donohue impressed that his organization could not find any directives or executive orders to improve Christian human rights – amidst Biden's "obsession" with heaping on privileges to sexual minorities – despite proliferating Christian persecution in China, Africa, the Middle East, and countless regions globally being regularly reported by human rights groups.
"The persecution of Christians is on the rise," Donohue revealed from the findings of Open Doors and Freedom House. "For example, in 2020, more than 340 million people faced maltreatment, victimization and oppression for their faith in Christ. A total of 4,761 Christians were martyred. Every day, on average, 13 Christians were killed, 12 churches or Christian buildings were attacked, and 12 Christians were unjustly arrested or imprisoned."
Leftist ideologies, such as those touted by Biden, were included in the leading causes for Christian persecution – among Islamism, communism, repressive regimes and weak states – and Donohue said it is disturbing that America's second Catholic president refuses to acknowledge or address the abysmal treatment of Christians around the world.
"He must know, or should know, that Christians are being slaughtered and unjustly imprisoned in record numbers – they are not the victims of mere discrimination in the workplace," Donohue asserted. "Why are the rights of LGBT people given preferential treatment over Christians and other people of faith? Catholics, evangelicals, Mormons, Muslims and observant Jews would love to know."
The Catholic leader had a few more questions for Biden regarding his limited so-called "human rights" campaign.
"Whatever happened to respect for diversity? Aren't we supposed to respect the cultural norms and values of other peoples?" Donohue asked. "Why are we engaging in ideological imperialism, shoving our twisted ideas of sexuality down the throats of Africans, Asians, and Muslims?"
The outspoken Catholic essentially gave Biden a vote of no confidence regarding the protection of Christians' God-given rights – both home and abroad.
"Biden's selective interest in human rights is disturbing, [as] it … suggests that the rights of Christians at home – such as the Little Sisters of the Poor – count less than the rights of males and females who are sexually confused," Donohue concluded.
"To put it mildly, our 'devout Catholic' president has gotten off to a bad start on human rights."