In recognition of the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at a “gay” nightclub in Orlando, FL. — and conveniently timed for Pride Month — “conservatives” Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida celebrated their role as LGBT activists last week when they introduced H.R. 49, a bill that establishes the “National Pulse Memorial.”
Five years ago, we lost 49 innocent lives in a terror attack against our state, nation, & Hispanic & LGBTQ communities at the Pulse Nightclub. We will never forget them. Today, @marcorubio & I honored their memory & passed our bill establishing the ‘National Pulse Memorial.’ pic.twitter.com/aPuNJLUDD4
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 9, 2021
H.R. 49 was passed by “unanimous consent,” meaning no one was put in the politically uncomfortable position of officially going on-the-record for or against it, and Joe Biden made time between G-7 meetings to let us know he will be signing it into law.
Biden also took the opportunity to call on the Senate to pass the anti-religious liberty/pro-LGBT Equality Act and for good measure, he turned the occasion into win-win for the far-left by calling for more gun control because, apparently, guns are responsible for homophobia and crimes against the LGBT community.
“We must drive out hate and inequities that contribute to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women – especially transgender women of color,” Biden said.
It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see so-called conservatives acquiescing to the LGBT agenda. Sure, the Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic as are other incidents of such violence. But there is no excuse for turning the Pulse Nightclub tragedy into an opportunity to embrace and advocate the LGBT agenda.
Unfortunately, this has been building for some time now.
Shortly after the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, so-called “conservative” politicians and even members of the media became activists for the cause with articles and rainbow-themed profile pictures promoting the LGBT agenda, including the Trump propaganda outlet Breitbart.com.
The day after the Orlando, FL shooting, Breitbart published an article by Jim Hoft — founder and owner of the Trump echo chamber known as The Gateway Pundit — titled, “After the Pulse Club Massacre, It’s Time For Gays to Come Home to Republican Party.” Hoft, who is openly homosexual, wrote in part:
“I came out in the 1980s to family and friends during the AIDS epidemic. I saw a lot of friends get sick. I saw a lot of friends die. I went to a lot of funerals.
“Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country.
“I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.
“I’ve built one of the most prominent conservative websites in America. I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left. I was raised to love my country. Today I serve my country by defending her from the socialist onslaught.
“I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.
“There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans. His name is Donald Trump.
“In 2016 only one candidate will protect gays from another Islamist attack.
“I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party – no more death. (emphasis mine)
For the record, Hoft was right about Trump; the New York liberal has always been one of one mind with “conservative” LGBT activists.
During his 2016 acceptance speech, Trump sounded a lot like Joe Biden when, using the Orlando shootings for cover, Trump promised to “protect” the LGBT community from violence:
“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Fla., 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted the LGBTQ community. No good, and we’re going to stop it. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.”
In one of Trump’s first actions as president, he and Ivanka reaffirmed an Obama-era executive order legalizing discrimination against faith-based businesses by requiring government contractors to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government. Shortly afterwards, Mike Pence — who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to the LGBT agenda — came to the rescue and defended Trump’s pro-LGBT decision.
During his presidency, Trump launched an effort aimed at ending the criminalization of homosexuality across the globe; using America’s leadership position as a platform to “decriminalize” homosexuality worldwide. Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, led the effort and defended LGBT deviancy as “God’s truth” in an editorial written for Bild, a German tabloid newspaper:
“While a student at Evangel University, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, I was taught by biblical scholars that all truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found. The truth for LGBT people is that we were born gay.”
After Grenell was picked by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve on Trump’s reelection campaign as senior adviser focused on outreach to LGBT voters, he claimed in a video ad that his boss was “the most pro-gay president in American history.” Trump responded by retweeting Grenell’s declaration, calling it a “great honor”:
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) August 19, 2020
“Conservative” LGBT activists were also at work in Congress during the Trump presidency.
When the Equality Act was first introduced in 2019, “conservative” LGBT activists offered an alternative to the anti-religious liberty/pro-LGBT legislation. Known as the Fairness for All Act, it still amended the Civil Rights Act and used the same language found in the Equality Act, but it allegedly protected the convictions of religious organizations, healthcare providers, and employers with 15 employees or less.
In a press conference announcing the Fairness for All Act, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) attempted to address the obvious conflict that occurs every time government acts as the creator and arbiter of our rights … rights that come from God:
“[Sexual orientation/gender identity and religious liberty] are not mutually exclusive principles. There is enough space where both of these can be accommodated … neither side has to lose in order for the other side to win.”
Despite the politically correct rhetoric surrounding the LGBT agenda, there is nothing conservative about promoting it; even the heartbreaking loss of life we witnessed at the Pulse Nightclub five years ago doesn’t change that.
Activism is defined as: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action, especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue (emphasis mine), a right-on-target description of the motivation behind the actions of Sens. Scott and Rubio.
We can’t blur the lines on the issue. The deaths were an absolute tragedy, but for “conservatives” to leverage it to celebrate their role as LGBT activists is NOT the appropriate response. When something is wrong, it is wrong. Homosexuality is wrong AND mass murder is wrong.
But two wrongs don’t make a “conservative” right to join the army of LGBT activists.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.