BY TROY MASTERS | Donald Trump invoked gay rights today while saying “a new immigration policy is needed immediately,” and that “the common thread” among all terrorist attacks is that “they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants. Clearly, new screening procedures are needed.”
“I call it extreme vetting,” he said during a policy position speech delivered in Ohio.
Referring to The Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, in which 43 mostly LGBT people were slain by the American born son of an Afghan immigrant, Trump said “I’ll tell you what, we can never ever allow this to happen again.”
Trump says he wants to bar any Muslim “who supports the death penalty for gays” from entering the U.S. His proposition goes even further, promising to identify and expel such people even though they may have already immigrated here.
“The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place, was because we allowed his family to come here,” Trump said in a statement shortly after the massacre.
His plan is rooted in the prejudiced view that all family members of immigrants from Muslim nations should be suspected of supporting Islamic or Sharia law, a religious code that allows for “honor killings” as punishment for some ‘sins’ including women who ‘bring shame on their families’ by having sex before marriage or outside of their marriage, the death penalty for men who have sex with men, etc. There are nearly a dozen countries where gay sex is punishable by death.
His plan strains credulity. It’s just the latest impossible red-meat promise but with a disarming gay twist. We are dared to debate or dispute.
He says “those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration to our country.”
Yet Trump represents a party that supports imposing religious law throughout the United States. He is running on a platform that calls for punitive measures against women seeking an abortion and which includes extreme hostility toward gay rights. His party supports conversion therapy, a psychological treatment (many refer to it as a form of torture) designed to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or bisexual to straight.
His party’s platform promotes ideas that inevitably lead to a state-sanctioned, hostile homeland for LGBT people that may result in violence, even death.
Under Trump’s immigration plan many members of his own potential administration might be deemed unqualified for immigration. Mr. Trump himself might even be disqualified; an immigration judge considering a Trump asylum case or immigration might, in reviewing his record, wonder if his stated beliefs indicate he might do physical harm to LGBT people.
But wait…in Trump’s America LGBT won’t have much right of redress or rights of any kind. In fact, the rights we have achieved will be taken away from us.
He has repeatedly denounced marriage equality and has said he would “strongly consider” appointing judges to overturn it.
The 2016 Republican Party platform (which his supporters wrote and which he defended in Cleveland) says the party is sworn to defend the country against LGBT rights. “Five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” The platform seeks a “First Amendment Defense Act,” a federal bill—already written—that specifically allows overt discrimination against LGBT people on religious grounds.
Trump stands by a party that seeks to allow parents of children who may be LGBT: “to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children…conversion therapy.”
Trump and his supporters stand by a platform that belittles gay and lesbian families: “A man and a woman family is the best, ideal vehicle for raising children.”
Trump’s vice presidential pick was a direct appeal to the most conservative and antigay forces in America. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana famously wrote laws that allow people to invoke religious grounds as a basis of legal discrimination against LGBT people.
Many of Trump’s supporters and most prominent members of his party are currently fighting gender identity laws in an attempt to restrict gender definitions for legal purposes to the gender assigned at birth.
Trump’s party and his supporters have authored more than 100 antigay bills that are winding their way through statehouses in nearly 2 dozen states.
Oh, and let’s not forget Trump’s foreign sponsor Vladimir Putin, whose extreme hostility toward LGBT people is often expressed in violence.
“This so-called ‘policy’ cannot be taken seriously. How can Trump put this forward with a straight face when he opposes marriage equality and selected as his running mate the man who signed an anti-LGBT law in Indiana? It’s a cynical ploy to escape scrutiny of his outrageous proposal to ban an entire religion from our country and no one should fall for it,” said Hillary For America Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan.
The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement:“What’s craziest about this ignorant, incomprehensible plan is that Donald Trump and Mike Pence would fail their own test,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Just last week, Donald Trump courted votes in Orlando from some of the nation’s most notorious anti-LGBTQ activists, including people who have worked to export anti-LGBTQ hate abroad. Trump and Pence have vowed to to roll back nationwide marriage equality, supported vile laws like North Carolina’s HB2 and pledged to appoint anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court justices. Pence is best known by most Americans for the hateful denial-of-service law he peddled in Indiana last year, and even sought to divert funding from HIV programs to promote the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy.’”
Keep us out of your proposals, thank you.
Homosexual acts can be punished by death in these countries: