President Joe Biden wants all Americans to know that he values the LGBTQ community.
That’s perfectly fine. If you disagree with him, do not vote for him.
But why is Biden advocating the same agenda on countries all throughout the world?
The United States recently declared that it would send an advocate for LGBTQ rights to Indonesia.
Washington’s envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, was slated to visit Indonesia on Dec. 7, following visits in Vietnam and the Philippines, according to the State Dept. on November 28.
However, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country’s main ecclesiastical organization condemned the LGBTQ rights envoy’s planned visit, saying that it wouldn’t welcome a person “whose purpose is to harm our country’s cultural and religious values.”
According to Benar News, the Indonesian Council of Ulema Deputy Chairman Anwar Abbas, the group “strongly opposes the special envoy’s visit.”
Anwar stated that the MUI “cannot accept a guest whose objective in coming here is to destroy and undermine our wonderful religious and cultural values. If this behavior is accepted, it will lead to the end of humanity since men marry men and women marry women would not reproduce.”
Let’s take a break here. Americans, on the whole, tolerate homosexuality. According to a 2020 Pew Research poll, 72% of Americans believe so.
However, America is also not the world. According to the same poll, just 9% of Indonesians believe homosexuality “should be tolerated by society.”
Then why should we go into their nation to advocate for LGBTQ rights? Why should Biden dispatch officials to these other nations — officials that represent America — to sow discord?
The US govt. canceled Stern’s travel to Indonesia earlier this week.
“We have made the decision to cancel Special Envoy Stern’s trip to Indonesia after negotiations involving our counterparts in the Indonesian government,” Ambassador Sung Kim said during a statement on Friday.
“Knowing that LGBTQI+ people face disproportionate amounts of violence and prejudice around the world, it is critical to continue the discourse and promote mutual respect for each other, instead of pretending that perhaps the issues don’t really exist,” he stated.
For Indonesians, yes. That is their conversation to have, not ours.
For example, Indonesia enacted a new penal code on Tuesday that forbids anybody in the nation from having sex before marriage. The rule will go into effect in 2025 and will apply to both locals and foreigners living in Indonesia, as well as visitors visiting places like Bali.
Extramarital sex will be punishable by up to a year in prison, unmarried couples that live together could spend up to six months in jail, and adultery will also be a punishable infraction under the new rule.
Protests have erupted around the country as a result. That’s okay, but it’s none of our concern. Consider sending an emissary to the United States to preach jail sentences for anyone who has sex outside of marriage.
We do a lot of great things in America, but we also do a lot of things wrong. In any case, we should not be evangelizing in foreign countries, pressuring people to accept homosexuality. That is their concern.
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