SANTO DOMINGO, July 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The outrage of Dominican religious leaders to the Obama administration’s appointment of a homosexual activist as ambassador to the country has sparked a call for a nation-wide protest, dubbed "Black Monday," to take place July 15.
Christian leaders are asking people to wear a black arm band, to show a black banner or ribbon on cars, or to dress entirely in black on Monday, to show that the public rejects the US State Department's promotion of its homosexual agenda in their country.
While US embassy spokesman Daniel Foote, currently the acting ambassador to the Dominican Republic, denied that James "Wally" Brewster would promote the US administration's homosexual agenda, saying in a brief statement to the media that "Brewster arrives as an ambassador, he's not coming here as an activist for the gay community," and stressing that Brewster was nominated because of his skills as an international businessman and his ideas on democracy and human rights, Church leaders are saying that his appointment is an insult to the moral sense of the country's people.
The promises ring hollow in light of a U.S. presidential memorandum issued in December of 2011 “directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.” This includes combatting “LBGT discrimination” in foreign countries, to “broaden the number of countries willing to support and defend LGBT issues in the multilateral arena; strengthen the role of civil society advocates on behalf of LGBT issues within and through multilateral fora; and strengthen the policies and programming of multilateral institutions on LGBT issues.”
Praise Christian Church Pastor Sauford Medrano said that the people of the strongly Christian island nation are not against the sexual preferences of Brewster, although they considered it a sin, but reject his appointment as U.S. ambassador to the country, according to a report by Diario Libre.
During a press conference, Medrano noted that, as a leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement in North America, Brewster could advocate for "the promotion of US gender beliefs in the country."
Brewster is on the board of directors of the homosexualist “Human Rights Campaign” organization, is a national LGBT co-chair for the Democratic National Committee, raised over $500,000 for Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and currently works for Chicago consulting firm SB&K.
Medrano pointed out that the appointment of a homosexual advocate violates the General Education Law 66-97, which states in Article 4 that, "all the Dominican education system is based on Christian principles evidenced by the book of the Gospel that appears in the National Emblem."
Dominican émigré Will Williams, an architect in New York City, told Foreign Policy, which is a blog of the Washington Post, that he personally witnessed the growing animosity toward Brewster in a visit last week.
"I could confirm myself that the opposition has been even worse from what has been reflected in the news," he said. "As a Dominican, I feel ashamed this is happening in my country. The evangelical church is convoking the general public to reject this ambassador. [It's] asking the public to show a black band, black banner or ribbon on cars or dress showing rejection."
Ex-president of the nation’s Evangelical Confraternity, Cristobal Cardozo, called the appointment “an insult to good Dominican customs” and said it is inappropriate to send such an ambassador to “a country where homosexual relationships are not approved, neither legally nor morally.”
“In reality, it’s a lack of respect, of consideration, that they should send us a person of that type as ambassador,” said Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Cedaño in a recent interview. “I have the hope that he won’t arrive because I know that if he arrives he’s going to suffer and will have to leave.”
Cedaño’s sentiments were echoed by Santo Dominco’s Cardinal Archbishop Nicolas de Jesus Lopez. “You can expect anything from the United States,” said the cardinal.