The United States needs to do much work to repair relations with Slovakia and other members of the Visegrad Four, European nations where traditional family values and morals were undermined by the Obama administration.
The comment came from Tony Perkins, president of the pro-family Family Research Council, who noted that the group’s religious liberty advocate, Travis Weber, recently visited Central Europe.
Weber was invited by Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church with affiliates throughout Slovakia and the Czech Republic, to speak with pastors and church leaders.
They discussed issues such as “the religious freedom troubles developing in the U.S. due to the advancement of the LGBT movement – and how such trends could come to Central and Eastern Europe soon.”
“Travis encouraged the pastors to be informed and engaged – the very things we are encouraging pastors to do here! It is heartening to see so many fellow Christians from diverse backgrounds engaged in similar work around the world. Though our cultural upbringing may be different, we are united in our worldview and in the body of Christ.”
Perkins noted, however, the uphill fight the U.S. now has in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.
“In contrast to Western Europe, which in many ways has wholesale bought into secular liberalism and progressivism (and the freewheeling sexual ethics that come with it), the Visegrad nations still hold more strongly to family values rooted in a historically Christian culture.”
Perkins said it’s “these values which are now being threatened by elitist forces within international institutions like the European Union and United Nations, along with governments from Western Europe and (under the Obama administration) the United States.”
“The Obama administration saw to it that these nations would have no help – indeed they would be opposed – in trying to hold onto their historic cultures and pro-family values,” he said.
“Abusing the offices of foreign ambassadors to export a radical sexual ethic hardly representative of the American people as a whole, Barack Obama offended the sensibilities of not only some of the Visigrad Four, but many nations around the world. His ambassadors and diplomats in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary pushed and prodded their local hosts to accept the Americans’ LGBT agenda.”
The Guardian of London reported the extent of Obama’s promotion of the “gay rights” agenda worldwide, which included diplomats participating in parades and embassies flying a rainbow flag.
Obama “launched the push to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights an international issue,” the paper said.
“The watershed moment came in December 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the United Nations in Geneva and proclaimed LGBT rights ‘one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time.'”
The campaign was so aggressive that in Pakistan local officials accused the U.S. of “cultural terrorism.”
Perkins pointed out Obama’s cultural agenda left Central Europe confused.
“Under communism, President Reagan had been their champion and defender, which had given them a high view of the United States,” he said.
“Yet when President Obama began pushing offensive ideas at odds with their countries, they wondered whose side the U.S. was on.”
At the same time, he said, Russian President Vladimir Putin “began to woo the Visigrad countries as the ‘protector’ of family values, portraying the U.S. as betraying that role.”
“This is the context in which we find ourselves, and made it all the more important that Travis communicated to these Central European Christians that contrary to how it may seem in some of the news, there are many Christians in the United States who share their values and their faith,” Perkins said.
“We now hope that President Trump will swiftly appoint ambassadors to these countries who reflect the new administration’s values instead of foisting upon them the radical ideology of political elitists.”