"Mr. President, you can't play it both ways." That's the message to Donald Trump from a conservative evangelical leader when it comes to LGBT Pride Month.
Speaking Thursday on American Family Radio, Dr. Michael L. Brown took issue with President Trump's recent tweets acknowledging LGBT Pride Month.
"I wrote an article saying, 'Mr. President, don't do this. You're going to alienate the people most important to you and you're not going to win over the gay and lesbian community,'" Brown said. OneNewsNow columnist Bryan Fischer made essentially the same argument earlier this week.
In a series of tweets dated May 31, President Trump said the following:
As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!
While Trump has stated that he has no problem with same-sex "marriage," he had been silent regarding Pride Month in previous years.
"In my mind, he's consistent on one level in that he likes gays and lesbians, that he's got no issue with 'gay marriage,'" continued Brown. "He fights against this stuff when it infringes upon our liberties and [when it] pushes back against our Christian values – but you can't play both ends. It's just not going to work."
In his column on Tuesday, Bryan Fischer tackled what he calls the "repeated conflict" between religious liberty and the homosexual agenda:
"In those showdowns, one side of the other has to win. Either constitutionally protected rights of religious liberty will win or purely manufactured 'rights' will. On this issue, it is simply impossible for everybody to get what they want.
President Trump, just like everybody else, is going to have to pick a side."
Other people voicing concerns about the president's tweets include American Family Association president Tim Wildmon and Elizabeth Johnston, also known as "The Activist Mommy."