Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.

On December 6, President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton introduced a memorandum on International Gay Rights, warning other nations that the United States will be devoting “$3.0 million to start a Global Equality Fund to support civil society organizations working for LGBT rights worldwide” and “direct[ing] government agencies to fight against the criminalization of LGBT activity abroad and to combat discrimination, homophobia, and intolerance” (Yahoo!). This announcement sparked strong rebukes from many Christian and Conservative organizations. They complained that Obama was imposing a radical homosexual agenda upon foreign governments.

If we accept, as I do, that practicing homosexuality is sin, then surely we do not want our country actively promoting sin around the world, right?

Let’s look at some of the language of Obama’s memorandum and Clinton’s speech:

Obama: “I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world. . . . Whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation” (CP).

Clinton: “In many ways, they are an invisible minority. . . . They are arrested, beaten, terrorized — even executed. Many are treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens while authorities empowered to protect them look the other way or join in the abuse. Too often, they are denied opportunities to work and learn, driven from their homes and countries, and forced to suppress or deny who they are to protect themselves from harm” (CP).

Here’s how some Christians and Conservatives described the memorandum and speech:

Rick Perry: “Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights. This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop. . . . Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money” (ABC).

Matt Barber at Liberty Counsel Action: “[It is] frankly offensive [that President Obama] feels compelled to export American culture’s decline in morality, and export that immorality to other nations that are trying to adhere to traditional principles relative to human sexuality” (OneNewsNow).

The Family Research Counsel: “It is startling that President Obama is prepared to throw the full weight and reputation of the United States behind the promotion overseas of the radical ideology of the sexual revolution” (FRC).

Notice that none of these sources admits that the Obama administration focused on violence; instead, they spun the initiative as the promotion of homosexuality. They also complained that Obama is not concerned enough about “real” Human Rights abuses, like religious intolerance. But, according to their logic, protecting religious rights would be imposing U.S. beliefs on sovereign foreign nations.

As Christians, we are called to love and care for our neighbor, which clearly means that we should support efforts to stop violence and discrimination against homosexuals. However, we also must acknowledge that one person’s discrimination is another’s promotion. It seems to me that this new policy could lead to U.S. support for sin. But the language the Obama administration used to describe the purpose of the policy does not suggest so; it seems to be focused on stopping injustice, which we should support.

Although I think we ought to ask for more specific details on how this $3 million will be used and what defines “discrimination,” the overwhelming response to this policy by Christians has been deceptive and presumptuous. If we can spend $3 million to protect sinners from beatings, executions, and other abuses, Praise God, let’s do it.


  1. i would point out that one should notice the administration focused on talking about violence, but the administration focused on protecting homosexual rights…so what’s the history of this president?…no “fund” for the better treatment of soldiers by the idiots who protest at their funerals…no money or action to keep black panthers or seiu thugs from terrorizing voters from polling places…no decency in speaking of the free speech rights of tea party members and even berating them vigorously, but not a syllable of disgust and he even praises the rights of the 1% who call themselves the 99% while unlawfully carrying out their mission of selfish ambition…are you serious?

    “Although I think we ought to ask for more specific details on how this $3 million will be used…”– that takes care of this big ‘if’…–“If we can spend $3 million to protect sinners from beatings, executions, and other abuses, Praise God, let’s do it.”…if the money we spend on this project goes as well as the u.n. let’s just send a package directly to the corrupt leader of the day personally and save the administration costs…

    no one disagrees with protecting folks from violence, but do we dismiss the policy and actions of this president, admin.?…hollywood can’t even write this horror story—1) we kill, murder, snuff out, terminate (whatever terminology is p.c. insert here) 1 million lives every year by twisted logic and immorality, but currently legal means…2) this president is fervently in favor of the abortion enterprise. so are we now to believe this same “conscience” is somehow deeply devoted to humanitarian causes?…3) i wonder how much of the Christian family has a any sense of the difference between years of suffering in this life, and the torment of eternity separated from God?…or are we too civilized, cultured, sophisticated for the gospel and a goal to live each day as if our Father were actually with us and rooting us on to do not just ok, but to run the race as if to win the prize?…that’s not religious, it’s a genuine concern if we are able to understand the basic message of someone we call Lord…maybe we’re ashamed of the “God-stuff” and we’ve bought the “there’s no leverage with God” mentality…sure looks like the church is largely emasculated by the culture and the wisdom of man at this point…

    this is another way to pawn off on government what individuals, the church, private citizens and groups should be doing…health care, welfare, social security, now befriending and protecting individuals against evil…but that’s pop culture’s desire…the culture has infected the church instead of the church affecting and effecting the culture…but i’m hopeful this too shall pass…

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