The president's son-in-law is taking some heat for suggesting a change to the GOP's platform this election year that's inconsistent with traditional values.
Jared Kushner (pictured), a senior advisor to President Donald Trump, is leading a push to overhaul the party platform only in part because he wants it to be far shorter than the 2016 Republican platform. According to Axios, he wants to shrink the 58-page-long 2016 platform to "a single card that fits in people's pockets."
But another of his ideas is to eliminate any reference to protecting the right of parents to obtain counseling for a child with same-gender attractions – counseling that some refer to as "gay conversion therapy."
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality responds.
"The left calls it 'conversion therapy,'" he clarifies, "but what we're talking about are parents trying to help their kids live a biblically faithful life, which does not include gay ideology and transgenderism. In our culture right now, the freedom to help your child to live a normal, heterosexual life is really under threat."
The 2016 platform included this line: "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." LaBarbera suggests Kushner might be violating the tenets of his faith in wanting to reverse that platform position.
"… He and his wife [Ivanka Trump] proclaim Orthodox Judaism – and that's very odd [for him to push this] because Orthodox Jews historically have been opposed to homosexual activism, and here he is sort of siding with the gay lobby," he argues. "And also, his wife … has celebrated [and] advocated for 'gay pride' with tweets and such."
LaBarbera is hopeful the traditional Republican platform will survive – and that Kushner's attempt to eviscerate it fails.