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Ivanka Trump, husband reportedly stopped religious freedom order; Pence affirms pro-LGBT rights move

Peter LaBarbera

February 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are being credited in the media for sinking a potential Trump executive order designed to protect the freedom of conscience for people of faith.

The credibility of the Politico report is re-inforced by the fact that the power couple, though identifying as Orthodox Jewish, have a history of supporting homosexual activism, including co-hosting a fundraiser for a leading pro-homosexual “marriage” group in 2011.

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Meanwhile, in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Vice President Mike Pence defended his boss’ extension of a pro-LGBT executive order issued by President Obama in 2014.

After ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Pence to react to influential Iowa pro-family leader Bob Vander Plaats, who said, “Our base is wondering why Obama’s [pro-LGBT] executive order is allowed to stand,” Pence answered:

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.

“I think the generosity of his spirit, recognizing that in the patriot’s heart, there’s no room for prejudice is part of who this president is.”

The D.C. homosexual newspaper Washington Blade reported: “The words in favor of LGBT rights are striking for Pence, who has a long anti-LGBT history that includes signing into law as Indiana governor a ‘religious freedom’ bill that would have enabled anti-LGBT discrimination.”

Pence was noncommittal on whether a religious liberty executive order was forthcoming but said Trump is investigating ways to overturn the Johnson Amendment that limits the political speech of pastors. In the campaign, Trump pledged to overturn it.

Liberal leak

The potential pro-religious liberty Trump executive order was leaked Feb. 1 to the leftist publication The Nation, which led a flock of pro-LGBT media and blogs to publish stories critical of the order as “anti-LGBT.” Such leaks are common in Washington as a way of undermining policies opposed by the leaker.

Leading social conservatives like Ryan Anderson and Erick Erickson praised the same prospective order as fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to defend Christians’ freedom.

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The potential order — one of many on various issues circulating in the new administration — was welcome news to pro-family Republicans who were disappointed when Trump extended Obama’s 2014 pro-LGBT executive order for federal contractors on January 31.

Then on February 3, Politico, citing unnamed “multiple sources,” broke the story that Ivanka Trump and Kushner “helped lead the charge to scuttle a draft executive order that would have overturned Obama-era enforcements of LGBT rights in the workplace.”

The almost uniformly pro-LGBT media covered the Politico story as a victory for protecting “LGBT rights.”

The New York Times advanced the story, reporting the same day: "Mr. Kushner, a lifelong Democrat, and Ms. Trump, an independent, travel in liberal social circles and have long supported LGBT rights. Neither had seen the order before details were leaked. They expressed their dissatisfaction to Mr. Trump's other advisers, and then weighed in directly with the president, who opposes same-sex marriage but has spoken out against discrimination."

The Times, citing "people close to Trump," reported that the president "never seriously considered signing" the pro-religious liberty executive order. However, it quotes Family Research Council president Tony Perkins as saying the delay is only temporary and that he is confident that Trump recognizes the need for executive religious freedom protections.

"He gets it," Perkins told the Times. "They will have to fix it and they will ... Am I concerned? No. Not at this point."

Orthodox Jews for homosexual “marriage”?

It is widely reported that Ivanka and Kushner, an official adviser to the president, hold liberal social views, including on homosexuality. 

It was also reported that Ivanka converted to her husband’s orthodox Judaism. Speaking about that, Ivanka called herself “very modern” but also “very traditional.” Yet the Orthodox religion is quite clear in condemning both homosexual practice as an “abomination” and legal “rights” based on the same.

The 2011 homosexual “marriage” fundraiser for which Ivanka and Kushner served as “Honorary Hosts” was for an organization called Freedom to Marry, founded by homosexual activist Evan Wolfson. The group closed down several months after the June 2015 Supreme Court Obergefell decision, having achieved its goal of national legalization of homosexuality-based “marriage.”

Wolfson said regarding his same-sex “marriage” advocacy: “I’m not in this just to change the law. It’s about changing society.”

Brian Camenker, a pro-family advocate who attends an Orthodox synagogue in Newton, Massachusetts, told LifeSiteNews, “You can’t be serious as an Orthodox Jew and support the gay agenda.” Camenker is the president of Mass Resistance, a national group that fights the LGBT agenda.

In their new roles as two of the most important advisers in Washington to the new president, Ivanka and Kushner will be expected to publicly reconcile their “Orthodox” Jewish beliefs with their pro-homosexual advocacy and its required suppression of Christian religious freedoms and rights of conscience for all Americans.

In the same way, as intimated by Times reporters Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, President Trump will be expected to reconcile “what is likely to be a persistent schism” in his presidency: “He is a cosmopolitan New Yorker who has long operated in an environment where sexual orientation is often an afterthought, but is nonetheless beholden to the social conservatives who backed him overwhelmingly in 2016, despite reports of his crudeness and misdeedsIt is just three weeks into the Trump administration and already the “zero-sum game” battle between “gay rights” and religious freedom is intense.

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