GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, joining the ranks of Democrats — including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, tweeted the Republican party’s support for LGBTQ protections during June “Pride Month:”
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s official tweet stated the GOP Party “will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.” As if saying “Happy #PrideMonth” was not enough, the GOP committed to supporting LGBTQ “measures” in the future.
Although the GOP Chairwoman’s tweet did not explicitly state which aspect of the LGBTQ agenda they support, the tweet definitely presents three problems. Accommodating the LGBTQ agenda contradicts the party platform, dilutes conservativism, and destroys religious liberty.
The LGBTQ agenda contradicts the GOP platform.
The GOP platform strongly affirms U.S. Title IX that protects girls’ public school sports by preventing biological males from competing in sports designated for females only. The GOP party platform also states that the LGBTQ agenda:
has nothing to do with individual rights; it has everything to do with power. They are determined to reshape our schools — and our entire society — to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions. Their edict to the states concerning restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues. We salute the several states which have filed suit against it (p. 35).
GOP leaders have stated their support of several state Republican governors who have signed into law legislation prohibiting biological males from competing in girls’ sports. LGBTQ activists have vigorously opposed the actions of these state Republican legislatures and governors.
The LGBTQ agenda is also pushing the U.S. House and Senate to pass the “Equality Act” and the “Fairness for All Act” which would create another category of civil rights to include lesbian, homosexual (gay), bisexual, and transgender. If either of these LGBTQ bills were enacted into law, Christian business owners’ First Amendment freedom of religious expression would be violated. This means Christian business owners would be forced to sacrifice their deeply held religious beliefs at the altar of governmental political correctness and submit to the LGBTQ demands. For example, business owners would be forced to allow men, who identify as female, into women’s restrooms and dressing rooms. Christian photographers and bakers would be forced to use their creative ability to photograph the wedding and bake the cake for a homosexual wedding.
Below are two references from the GOP Platform that reinforce its support for the religious liberty of business owners:
The Free Exercise Clause [of the First Amendment] is both an individual and a collective liberty protecting a right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience. Therefore, we strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives...We pledge to protect those business owners who have been subjected to hate campaigns, threats of violence, and other attempts to deny their civil rights (p. 12).
We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views about such activities (p. 32).
The federal government has no constitutional authority to prohibit the free exercise of religion. Religious freedom comes from God, not government. This is why the GOP platform clearly states, “we strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives” (emphasis added). This “everyday” life includes the business activity of business owners. The GOP platform also makes clear the Republican Party opposes government discrimination against business owners' deeply held religious beliefs. The government ought not penalize business owners if they “decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views.”
The LGBTQ agenda dilutes conservativism.
I know of no major tenet of the LGBTQ agenda that’s not antithetical to the GOP Platform. Why GOP Chairwoman McDaniel tweeted Republican support for such a radical group confounds conservatives and evangelicals alike.
The GOP leader’s seemingly innocuous phrase, “to grow our big tent,” likely refers to a national election strategy that was adopted after Mitt Romney’s 2012 failed bid for president against incumbent and former Democratic President Barack Obama. Because of Romney’s loss, the Republican Party conducted a post-mortem, election analysis dubbed the “Autopsy Report,” but it’s officially known as the Growth and Opportunity Project.
The Project was to identify and give a rationale for why the Republican Party (Romney) lost the 2012 election to Obama. In doing so, the GOP Project claimed to “provide an honest review of the 2012 election cycle and a path forward for the Republican Party to ensure success in winning more elections.” Both pre and post-election reports indicated Romney lacked conservative and evangelical support which helped attribute to his loss by 126 electoral votes to the radically liberal, Barack Obama.
Republicans’ new “path forward” is to continue growing their “big tent” by adding moderate/liberal members and candidates to the GOP slate while stringing along conservatives and evangelicals, milking them for financial and electoral support.
This path is the GOP’s long-term strategy to increase party membership and enlarge their tent. The GOP Chairwoman’s tweet supporting the LGBTQ exemplifies the Republican “path forward.” Conservative and evangelical voters oppose this shortsighted agenda.
Instead of the GOP seeking to regain and bolster the trust and support of conservatives and evangelical voters in future elections, the national Republican Party rebranded itself as a more “inclusive” party. The GOP basically told conservatives and evangelicals that the Party is counting on the financial support and votes from conservatives and evangelicals in future elections, but the Republican party would also have to attract more voters and candidates whose values on social issues (like marriage, abortion, human sexuality, etc.) were at odds with them.
Essentially, the Republican Party told conservatives and evangelicals that it would have to dilute their longstanding views on social issues in order to regain and retain political power. So, what the GOP has become is not a more “inclusive” party, but a more “diluted” party.
For example, the GOP Growth and Opportunity Project stated:
When it comes to social issues, the Party must in fact and deed be inclusive and welcoming. If we are not, we will limit our ability to attract young people and others, including many women, who agree with us on some but not all issues [like abortion]. . . . For the GOP to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.
If our Party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out. The Party should be proud of its conservative principles, but just because someone disagrees with us on 20 percent of the issues [e.g. marriage, abortion, and human sexuality], that does not mean we cannot come together on the rest of the [e.g. fiscal and limited government] issues where we do agree (emphasis added).
What the GOP is really saying to conservatives and evangelicals in the Growth and Opportunity Project is they don’t matter so much anymore to the GOP because their views on marriage, abortion, and human sexuality are intolerant to younger voters. The GOP’s argument is the culture is becoming more liberal on social issues, and the GOP must appeal to moderate and liberal supporters so they can get elected and stay in power.
The GOP will insist you send them money so they can stay in power because they claim they’re more conservative than Democrats, but it’s possible that the GOP campaign committee may use money from supporters to help beat conservatives in the primary. Their rationale could be that they need to elect more moderate/liberal candidates in the primary so they can have more electable candidates in the general election. Then they will say, at least in the general election the moderate/liberal Republican will be less liberal than the Democratic opponent.
The Republican inclusive/big tent agenda gets problematic for conservative and evangelical voters who have historically donated to the GOP and voted for its candidates because the party has historically aligned with their values and that’s no longer the case.
The LGBTQ agenda destroys religious liberty.
GOP Chairwoman McDaniel, in an apparent attempt to grow the GOP “big tent,” advocates for LGBTQ measures that are “fair” to both the homosexual agenda and to “those with deeply held religious beliefs.” But what exactly is the Republican Party referencing when talking about balancing or finding compromise between the LGBTQ agenda and people of faith?
The compromise McDaniel is likely referring to would violate the First Amendment’s freedom of religious expression. The GOP is well aware of LGBTQ activists pushing Democrats in Congress to pass a radical, anti-religious liberty bill deceptively called the Equality Act. If enacted into law, business owners, employees, and customers alike would be subject to a radical LGBTQ agenda while facing guaranteed federal prosecution.
Considered as a compromise to the “Equality Act,” Republican Congressman Chris Stewart (Utah) introduced the “Fairness for All Act.” Unfortunately, more than 20 Republicans have signed on as cosponsors to the anti-religious liberty bill which is intended to balance the interests of the LGBTQ agenda and people of faith. The bill is anything but “fair.” It should be called the “Unfairness Act.”
Although Republicans claim the Fairness for All Act is more respectful to religious liberty than the Equality Act, it actually violates the First Amendment freedom of religious expression. Do not be deceived by the Trojan horse that the Fairness for All Act is. This Act, at a minimum, would be destructive to Christian business owners’ religious liberty and to women’s sports. Our friends at the Family Research Council have provided a good overview of the bill. Their in-depth analysis of the bill can be found here.
There is a modicum of improvement in the compromise in that religious leaders and churches would not be forced to facilitate a same-sex “wedding.” However, the Fairness Act would force business owners having “deeply held religious beliefs” to be subject to federal tyranny and prosecution if Christian business owners refuse to use their artistic ability to create a cake or to photograph a same-sex “wedding” or refuse to allow biological males identifying as female to use the restroom reserved only for women.
Mormons or the Latter Day Saints have supported this anti-religious liberty, “fairness” bill that was introduced by Congressman Stewart who is Mormon. Chairwoman McDaniel and her Uncle, former presidential candidate, and Republican Senator Mitt Romney (Utah) are also Mormons, but neither has publicly supported the bill. However, Romney did use language very similar to Chairwoman McDaniel’s tweet for a religious liberty compromise to advance LGBTQ rights. Romney said, “My priority is to preserve the constitutional rights of all Americans to practice their faith, while also ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect.” Mormons have the freedom of religious expression like other faiths, but what Mormons do not have is the divine authority to undermine the religious freedoms of others.
Their so-called compromise is neither biblical or constitutional, nor is it in alignment with the GOP platform. Mormons advocating for an LGBTQ agenda that uses government-sanctioned discrimination to force Christians to sacrifice their freedom of religious expression would be tyranny, not compromise.
What now? Bypass the GOP and fund candidates directly.
I call on every conservative and every Christian to bypass the Republican Party. If you have financially supported the GOP in the past, I urge you to bypass the Republican Party and send your contributions directly to verifiably conservative candidates. The AFA Action iVoterGuide is an excellent resource to help voters identify where candidates stand on the issues and how they rate on a scale of very liberal to very conservative.
No conservative and/or Christian should continue financially supporting the Republican Party as long as it supports LGBTQ measures that would force Christian business owners to sacrifice their biblical views at the altar of government compromise. The Republican Party has made it abundantly clear they are committed to weakening their influence on conservative values by diluting the GOP with candidates having moderate and even liberal values on social and moral issues. This is contrary to the views of conservatives and evangelicals and in contradiction to its own Party Platform.
The battle for conservative and evangelical issues will be in the 2022 GOP primary. The GOP establishment candidate will be met in many primary elections with candidates who are more conservative constitutionally, socially, morally, and fiscally. Only true, conservative candidates should receive financial support and votes from evangelicals and conservatives.
#BypassGOP: Send contributions to candidates, not the Party.