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Religious right see ally in Donald Trump

Religious right see ally in Donald Trump

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Come next month, US social conservatives will look to Donald Trump to do everything he can to remake the country in their particular vision. This outlook includes a rapid retreat on LGBTI equality.

In a Wall Street Journal article various religious right activists and politicians expressed a hope that when he gets to the White House, the Republican walks back many of President Barack Obama’s pro-gay policies.

‘There’s no question we are losing the culture war, but we haven’t lost it,’ Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, said to the newspaper. ‘There’s been incalculable damage done by Mr. Obama, but much of it can be undone just by undoing his executive orders.’

Land also confessed that evangelicals know the president-elect isn’t one of them when it comes to theology. However, they are pleased with all the people he’s appointing.

First there is his choice of vice president. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is opposed to marriage rights for LGBTI families. He also is an advocate for conversion therapy (which has a plank in the GOP platform).

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has been picked to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson, who also ran for president, called  LGBTI people ‘abnormal’.

Senator Jeff Sessions has been selected to be attorney general. He voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment, a bill that would have made marriage equality illegal in the US. He opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy which prevented LGBTIs troops from openly serving in the US military.

There is also renewed hope that the new president keeps his promise and signs the First Amendment Defense Act. This bill would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBTI customers if it conflicted with religious faith.

‘He’s going to end up being for conservatives another Ronald Reagan,’ Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said to the newspaper. ‘Probably better than Ronald Reagan in a lot of ways.’