Donald Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney suggested at a religious freedom conference that punishing African nations who criminalize homosexuality is “religious persecution” and should be stopped.
The penalizations, originally put into place by the Obama administration, would threaten to withhold funds from countries that put people in jail for being gay. But Mulvaney’s outlook mirrors that of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who argued with Obama in 2016 by saying that gay rights are a “non-issue” and earlier this year suggested that they have nothing to do with human rights, but with “our own base as a culture,” the Daily Nation reported.
“Our U.S. taxpayer dollars are used to discourage Christian values in other democratic countries. It was stunning to me that my government under a previous administration would go to folks in sub-Saharan Africa and say, ’We know that you have a law against abortion, but if you enforce that law, you’re not going to get any of our money.’ ’We know you have a law against gay marriage, but if you enforce that law, we’re not going to give you any money,’” Mulvaney said.