An outspoken conservative advocate for LGBT rights is calling on LGBT groups to spend less time worrying about “bathroom bills” and more time focused on battling Islamic extremism, where the “real war” is being waged.
Christopher Barron—a conservative strategist, founder of LGBT group GOProud, and organizer of LGBT for Trump—appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday to discuss the threat he believes Islamic extremism poses to LGBT people.
“But why would groups that claim to advocate for the interests of gay Americans also advocate for the admission of immigrants who hate gays,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Barron.
“It absolutely makes no sense, whatsoever,” Barron said. “None, whatsoever. I mean, look, we’ve had a conversation in the last couple decades about evolving opinions, about evangelical Christians’ opinions about LGBT people, and there’s been a lot of legitimate criticism, and I think we’ve seen a lot of changing of hearts and minds.”
“Meanwhile, the left has completely and totally ignored the fact that Islam has a serious problem with gay people,” said Barron. “We’re not just talking about, you know, won’t let people use the bathrooms that they identify with.”
“Yeah, not baking a cake for the wedding,” Carlson interjected. “This is a little different.”
“Right, throwing gay people off of buildings,” said Barron. “Killing them. You look at the countries in the Middle East and their positions on LGBT people: It’s illegal to be gay in Iran. The penalty for being gay in Iran is death. This isn’t just, ‘We don’t like you.’ This is, we’re talking about state-sanctioned murder of someone just for being gay, and the left turns a blind eye to it every single day.”
Barron’s comments came just one day after publishing a controversial article for The Hill, in which he argued a similar point.
“While the faux battle over bathrooms rages on, a real war on the lives of LGBT people is being waged by Islamic extremists who have pledged the global elimination of LGBT people,” wrote Barron. “Just this week, ISIS released photos of extremists in the Iraqi city of Mosul throwing a gay man to his death from the top of a building in the city. …”
“It is time that LGBT people stop being used as political pawns, it is time that we end the farcical bathroom wars and, most importantly, it is time to focus on the real threats to the lives of LGBT people worldwide,” Barron concluded.
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