FRC's Perkins: Trump's Sec. of State Must Ferret Out LGBT and Abortion Activists in State Dep't

By Michael W. Chapman | December 19, 2016 | 4:44pm EST

FRC President Tony Perkins. (FRC) 

Commenting on the pro-abortion and pro-LGBT agenda emplaced at the State Department by President Barack Obama over the last eight years, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins said Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, must make it clear that he will seek to dismantle this radical, anti-family agenda and ferrot out the radicals who are promoting it at the expense of true diplomacy and international human rights, such as religious liberty. 

Under Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, the Obama administration has promoted its LGBT and pro-abortion agenda worldwide, said Perkins in the FRC's Dec. 15 Washington Update

"Clinton made her intentions known early in her tenure that the administration would not only promote special rights based upon sexual behavior within the State Department but would use the State Department to export the LGBTQ agenda globally," said Perkins. "These behavior-based rights have consistently been a major emphasis of the Obama administration’s foreign policy."

In addition, he said, "the Obama State Department under Hillary Clinton also promoted abortion, declaring reproductive healthcare a basic human right." Perkins added that foreign diplomats "have complained about the strong arming by the State Department to force them to accept its liberal view on social issues."

"To carry out this extreme agenda, the Obama administration has systematically filled the ranks of State with LGBTQ and abortion activists," said Perkins.  "Unless the next Secretary of State is willing to resist and remove this embedded agenda, the promotion and protection of true human rights, like religious liberty, will continue to languish."

Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State.  (AP) 

"It’s for this reason that I have raised concerns about the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State," said Perkins.  "I certainly don’t see Tillerson cut from the same cloth as Clinton or Kerry, but he doesn’t have to be for these anti-life, liberal social policies to continue. He must have the courage to stop the promotion of this anti-family, anti-life agenda, which is very much a question mark given that he capitulated to activists pushing to liberalize the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuality when he was at the helm of the organization."

In closing, Perkins said, "The incoming administration needs to make clear that these liberal policies will be reversed and the 'activists' within the State Department promoting them will be ferreted out and will be replaced by conservatives who will ensure the State Department focuses on true international human rights like religious liberty which is under unprecedented assault."

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