Former Vice President Joe Biden just did an op-ed in The Washington Post where he said the U.S.must stand with the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people around the world.
Does this mean he wants to use U.S. troops in areas dominated by Muslims to protect LGBT rights, even though it goes against their country’s “official religion?”
Or, does he want other countries to violate the rights of expression of clerics and others who say, “homosexuality is wrong?”
Is he just using this issue as an excuse to get more refugees into the U.S.?
Joe Biden’s Post op-ed with commentary:
Over the past decade, we made tremendous progress in this journey toward full equality — new federal laws and policies to protect LGBT people, a Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land.
But important work remains, particularly regarding the treatment of transgender people. In 28 states, you can still be fired for being a lesbian, gay or bisexual — 30 if you’re transgender.
Progress doesn’t happen by chance. It happens because good people come together and demand change. And any person of conscience, regardless of their religious or partisan beliefs, should be able to agree: Violence against any person, in any form, is intolerable. No one should be killed, tortured, assaulted or harassed because of who they are.
Yet, in Syria and Iraq, LGBT individuals face terror and torture, often at the hands of the Islamic State. Countries such as Russia — where appalling reports recently surfaced that authorities in Chechnya were imprisoning and torturing individuals believed to be gay or bisexual — Uganda and Tanzania continue to be openly hostile to LGBT people, and their political leaders have used anti-American sentiment to fuel anti-LGBT hate.
In the face of such atrocities, it is the responsibility of every person to speak out.
This is an important moment to raise awareness, stand up and speak up about anti-LGBT hate.
Many times, this kind of discrimination, harassment and violence is justified in the name of “culture.”
And this is where Biden begins to attack the faiths of billions of people around the world.
While Christians in the U.S. are not stoning homosexuals in the streets, not everyone believes homosexuality is a moral behavior.
But people like Biden want to use the force of government to make bakery shops create wedding cakes for homosexual marriages and will not make allowances for legitimate differences of culture and religion.
Biden also ignores the fact that in Iran, any politician who does not tow the Islamic line would not only be removed from office, but might face prison or worse.
This offensive argument ignores the fundamental truth that LGBT rights are human rights.
Prejudice is prejudice; inhumanity is inhumanity. Using religion or culture to license discrimination and demonizing LGBT individuals to score political points are no more justifiable around the world than they are here at home.
Governments, including ours, can wield the levers of diplomacy, defense and foreign aid to promote and protect the human rights of all people.
Biden said he wants the U.S. government to use three powers:
Diplomacy – Such as what? Shaming a country’s leader where 90% of the population would declare a “holy war” if there is any suggestion of ignoring the Koran? Or more likely, allowing mass exodus forcing other countries to take the refugees.
Defense – Biden cannot bring himself to say “the military.” This is not “defense.” What he is talking about is bombing countries that don’t allow gay marriage.
Foreign Aid – Since much of our foreign aid is humanitarian, Biden is again suggesting we withhold help to victims of various disasters because of certain public policy decisions by their government. Should we starve people into submitting to Biden’s cause?
Together, we will work to defend and advance the human rights of all people, and we will not rest until equality, at home and around the world, is fully realized.
Until then, to all those suffering discrimination and violence simply because of who they are or whom they love, know this: The American people are on your side.
And even this last line is not true.
There is still great division in the U.S. regarding how many special protections should be given to homosexuals.
Basic protections against violence are afforded to all people.
Homosexuals want special protections which makes violence against them especially bad and labeling it a ‘hate crime.’
All people have the right to free speech, but homosexuals want to take it away from people who “offend them.”
And we all have the right to do business with the people we want to do business with, except homosexuals’ demand that people be forced to do business with them.
How far must the government of another country go to provide special protections for homosexual before the people do not have to worry that a Joe Biden would shame, bomb or starve them?