Christians and LGBT advocates should come together to support Trump’s fight against gay criminalization

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It's a dangerous time to be gay in many countries around the world, but it just got even more unsafe for the LGBT community in the island nation of Brunei.

On Thursday, Time magazine reported that the Asian nation, one of 72 countries where it is illegal to be gay, will now punish homosexuality with the death sentence. Reports indicate that the repressive Brunei government will enforce its newly enshrined Sharia law through the barbaric method of stoning gays to death.

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This ugly reminder of the intolerance still prevalent in some parts of the world ought to make us all grateful for the freedom and rights we enjoy as Americans, but it should also spur us to action. Given this grave news, it's time for both progressive LGBT advocates and Christian conservatives to set politics aside and come together to do the right thing: Support the Trump administration's campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide.

Just a few weeks ago, with the openly gay U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell at the lead, the Trump administration announced its global initiative to pressure countries that still criminalize homosexuality to change their ways. Grennell said, “Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death."

He's right, and opposing that shouldn't be controversial. But while many responded warmly to the Trump administration's initiative, some opposition came from an unexpected source: progressive (so-called) LGBT rights activists. For instance, one op-ed in Out Magazine went viral after it bizarrely argued that “Trump's Plan to Decriminalize Homosexuality Is an Old Racist Tactic." Additionally, the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign responded to President Trump's announcement with a Twitter thread slamming the president. And some Democratic members of Congress even used what looked like an opportunity for common ground to attack Republicans instead.

After this latest atrocity, progressive LGBT advocates need to give it a rest. Gay people continue to face true violence and atrocities across the globe, and now in Brunei. If they really care about the LGBT community, they should set aside their hate for Trump and choose supporting basic human rights over scoring cheap political points.

The issue of anti-gay criminalization, let alone the death penalty, isn't a partisan or political question.

But Christian conservatives and other members of the religious right also need to join them. The issue of anti-gay criminalization, let alone the death penalty, isn't a partisan or political question. No matter your personal views on LGBT issues or your religious philosophy on homosexuality, we should all stand up for basic human dignity on an issue like this. Thankfully, some conservatives are doing exactly that.

Hopefully, both sides will do the right thing. Once we come together to stand up for human rights, there's more we can do than just support Trump's global campaign. Americans of all political stripes can donate to charities helping victims of anti-gay violence, like Rainbow Railroad, a group that helps LGBT people persecuted internationally escape oppression. Additionally, we can boycott Brunei's hotels, companies, and products to put pressure on the government to reverse its repressive new rule. But most importantly, we can start simple — and, political tribes aside, all treat each other with dignity and respect to set an example for the rest of the world.

So in the face of the startling new anti-gay laws in Brunei and elsewhere, the way forward for Christian conservatives and LGBT progressives alike is clear. Let's just hope neither side chooses petty politics over standing up for people's lives.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is an editor at the libertarian media nonprofit Young Voices.

The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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