“I don’t care what your culture is,” Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory’s vice presidential mansion. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”
Biden, who willingly ran with Barack Obama in 2008 when he disavowed same-sex “marriage,” is now ready to threaten people to change their laws and culture.
Biden, who has emerged as a leading gay rights advocate within the Obama administration ever since he got ahead of Obama in declaring his support for gay marriage, said that across U.S. government agencies officials have been instructed to make the promotion of gay rights abroad a priority.
Where countries fail to move toward protections of LGBT people, he warned, “there is a price to pay for being inhumane.” Among those at the evening reception were leading gay rights activists and the ambassadors from Britain, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
While Biden was speaking to ambassadors, we can be fairly certain that instructions given “across U.S. government agencies” are not only aimed at foreign governments but are also aimed at the states of the U.S.
We have to hope and pray that nations stand up to U.S. bullying. Countries with much less wealth than us must be willing to refuse and resist the State Department.
There are hopeful signs.
Last week, the U.S. imposed visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others. Uganda passed a law in February that strengthened criminal penalties for gay sex and made life sentences possible for those convicted of breaking the law.
During his trip to Africa last year, Obama, while in Senegal, urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians. Senegal’s president, however, pushed back, saying his country “still isn’t ready” to decriminalize homosexuality. Seven countries have laws imposing death sentences for gay sex and Brunei is on track to becoming the eighth one.
Christians need to pray for those countries being pressured that they push back for what is right. At the same time, they need to pray that wisdom prevails so that these nations don’t become too severe.