Evangelical leader slams RNC chairman for promoting Pride month

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC |

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel faced backlash from both sides of the political aisle last week for celebrating LGBT Pride Month in a controversial tweet that some have called “tone-deaf”.

“Happy #PrideMonth! “, McDaniel, the niece of Utah Senator Mitt Romney, tweeted last Wednesday. “@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the past 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balanced protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with religious beliefs deeply rooted.

The tweet drew a series of responses.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a major national conservative Christian lobbying organization, condemned McDaniel’s tweet. He said it was “tone-deaf” and “offensive” since he applauded “the woke agenda his base is trying to fight.”

“A few days into this rainbow deluge, the air of LGBT pride is so suffocating that people could choke. It’s plastered on social media, company logos, cereal boxes, and even big-box store displays. …,” wrote FRC’s Perkins, one of the nation’s leading evangelical lobbyists, in an op-ed.

“But one place where conservatives thought they were safe from all this nonsense was the Republican National Committee. Turns out their president is just as happy as anyone to put on the LGBT jersey.”

Perkins pointed to the influx of Pride Month initiatives, including the San Francisco Giants baseball team wearing rainbow colors pride patches on their uniforms and companies changing their logos during the month.

“At a time when dozens of states are racing to stop LGBT extremism, the last thing any political strategist would advise is to oppose them,” Perkins wrote. “And yet, that’s exactly what McDaniel did on Wednesday.”

Contrary to McDaniel’s tweet, Perkins highlighted how conservatives “have decided to rise up and fight back” in recent months since the “Georgia election law fiasco.”

“And instead of harnessing that momentum and meeting the Republicans where they are, the RNC is sending an alienating tweet that has irked everyone,” Perkins wrote.

McDaniel also came under fire from LGBT activists, who claimed her statement did not align with her party’s position on LGBT issues.

Perkins said, “The left will never be satisfied with these half-baked GOP olive branches.”

Chasten Buttigieg, an LGBT activist and husband of Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, criticized McDaniel’s tweet saying it contradicts the Republican Party’s platform.

“Those with ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the house and into the streets,” Buttigieg tweeted on June 3. .”

The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration & Parade’s official Twitter account responded to the tweet and called the Republican Party “nothing more than transphobia, performative fake outrage, and conspiracy theories.”

“LGBTQ+ people should not be fooled, and the overwhelming majority are not,” the organization said. argued while claiming that he does not “endorse candidates or parties”.

Perkins, a conservative Baptist, encouraged Republicans to support candidates who fight for the principles they believe in until the “RNC gets its act together” and supports “true conservative values”. .”

“Look for men and women who will not compromise on freedom of speech, religious freedom and common sense,” Perkins wrote. “We shouldn’t be involved in supporting organizations that think they can play Eeny, meeny, miny, moe with our first freedoms.”

McDaniel’s tweet comes as some Republicans have pushed for the Fairness for All Act, a bill seen as a Republican response to the sweeping equality law and backed by Democrats.

The Fairness for All Act would codify protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity into federal law while providing exemptions for religious views and teachings.

The bill was introduced in Congress in December 2019 and has the support of some Christian groups like the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

However, some conservative Christian organisations, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation and the FRC, say the bill is “misguided”. characteristics of equality law.

Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT Republican organization that fights to “build a stronger, more inclusive Republican Party,” supports the Fairness for All Act. The group also supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, saying his policies “benefited not just LGBTQ people but all Americans.”

Republican lawmakers across the country have introduced bills that push back on pro-LGBT policy advances, including measures to ban trans-identified men from participating in women’s sports and bills banning hormone therapy for women. children.

Among many state bills, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation preventing biological men who identify as women from participating in women’s sporting events on the first day of Pride Month.

For Pride Month, the Biden administration authorized US embassies around the world to fly the rainbow flag on embassy poles along with the US flag. The new policy is a break from Trump-era rules that only allowed the American flag to fly in embassies.

June is recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, known to many as one of the earliest moments of the gay rights movement.

Emily Wood is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

Barry F. Howard