Trump Blames Muslims For His Anti-Gay Legislation (VIDEO)
To attack Muslims, Trump pandered to the LGBTQ community
It’s no secret that Donald Trump hates Muslims. In an effort to ban them from the U.S., he’s now championing a dangerous idea that would harm the LGBT community.
Trump has now vowed to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, which prohibits the government from taking any “action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
The law would legalize all forms of discrimination against LGBT people in every sector — including employment, retail and healthcare. So long as the person doing the discriminating claims it is due to their religion, of course.
Now Trump wants to turn back the clock on gay rights
Even worse, the shocking move would force the repeal of President Barack Obama’s landmark protections against LGBT discrimination, something that Trump fully intends to axe.
“Religious liberty is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Trump said in his statement. “It is our first liberty and provides the most important protection in that it protects our right of conscience. Activist judges and executive orders issued by Presidents who have no regard for the Constitution have put these protections in jeopardy.
“If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths.”
What do Muslims have to do with this?
For some time, Trump had been trying to grab the LGBT vote, even appearing to reach out to the community in his nomination speech. But in reaching out, he also brought up the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, telling the crowd:
“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 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.”
Trump used the speech as a chance to launch into his usual shtick about those “evil” Muslims and attacked Hillary Clinton at the same time.
Trump is a real multi-tasker
“The burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why we should admit anyone into our country who supports violence of any kind against gay and lesbian Americans,” he said. “Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country who suppress women, gays and anyone who doesn’t share their views.”
While this was unfamiliar Republican rhetoric to American audiences, from a European standpoint, this was pretty much business as usual.
What Trump has learned from Europe
He was using gay rights to advocate discriminatory policies towards Muslims, something that is all-too-familiar to European extremist right-wingers. All he did was adapt this for American audiences. He was echoing politicians like the Dutch activist Pim Fortuyn, an openly gay activist who wanted to ban Muslim immigration in the Netherlands. Fortuyn was assassinated in 2002 by Volkert van der Graaf who said he wanted to prevent him from exploiting Muslims.
Like Trump, Fortuyn rose to political power by exploiting anti-immigrant sentiment, and both promoted all-encompassing bans on Muslim immigration. Also like Trump, Fortuyn made centrist right-wingers nervous.
He argued that Islam posed a threat to Western progressive values, especially when it comes to LGBTQ rights.
“In Holland, homosexuality is treated the same way as heterosexuality,” he is known to have said. “In what Islamic country does that happen?”
A tax on headscarves? How stupid is that?
In the wake of Fortuyn’s death, he has been replaced in Dutch politics by Geert Wilders, who leads the far-right Party for Freedom. It’s the third-largest party in Dutch parliament. Although Wilders is straight, like Fortuyn he parrots LGBTQ rights to promote anti-Muslim policies. He wants to implement an immigration ban, prohibit the Quran, and wants to place a tax on Muslim women’s headscarves.
“Islam is a totalitarian ideology. Muslims are its victims. Just imagine you’re a gay person in a Muslim family,” Wilders wrote in an op-ed. “The more Islamic apostates there are, the less misogyny, the less hatred of gays, the less anti-Semitism, the less oppression, the less terror and violence, and the more freedom there will be.”
And even though he’s on trial for using hate speech, Wilders and his party are leading the polls for the Netherlands’ upcoming election.
Then there’s Marine Le Pen, whose party is the Front National in France. She’s among the most successful extremist right-wing leaders in Europe. And she stands a good chance of finishing first in the initial round of France’s presidential elections next year. Of course she’s courting the gay vote by stoking Muslim homophobia, and a poll last year found her party was winning a quarter of Paris’s gay voters — and that’s even though Le Pen is opposed to same-sex marriage.
So it should come as no surprise that Trump fits in fine and dandy here
Trump has stoked the Islamophobia fires and suggested that if he becomes president he plans to deport Syrian refugees who came to the U.S. during Obama’s presidency.
But despite the fact that the thrice married billionaire has appealed to the LGBTQ community, Trump has “suddenly” got religion. And it’s a religion that has no room in its evil little heart for Muslims or gays.
Barely two months after the Orlando massacre, Trump spoke at the “Rediscovering God in America” conference, which was sponsored by the American Renewal Project. Held in Orlando, the event’s founder, David Lane has long made his hatred of the gay community well-known. He’s a goon that has proclaimed that “homosexuals praying at the Inauguration” in 2012 would bring about “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa” as proof of God’s judgment. He’s also claimed the “pagan onslaught” of the LGBT rights movement will cause the destruction of America.
Somehow he’s still not wearing a straight jacket
And of course, Trump picked LGBT-hating poster child Mike Pence for his vice presidential running mate. So really, Trump’s distaste for Muslims seems, in an odd sort of way, to go hand-in-hand with his backstabbing of the LGBT community.
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But all Trump is really doing is pandering. It’s all he’s ever done since day one. It’s the only thing he really knows how to do. And if he becomes president, he’ll keep doing it without caring who gets hurt along the way, whether it’s the LGBT community, Muslims, the black community, women, or everyone else.
Really, running for president is nothing more than one big con game for Trump, and that’s it.
For more on this farce, watch The Humanist Report below.
The Humanist Report: Donald Trump Gets Cozy With Anti-Gay Extremists
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