President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to name Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to the office of secretary of state has sparked criticism and controversy.
Much of the initial disapproval stemmed from Tillerson’s relationship with Russia.
Now, however, one of the nation’s most influential Christians is raising very different concerns.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, objects to Tillerson’s selection because of his liberal social views.
In his “Washington Update” Monday, Perkins said Tillerson “may be the greatest ally liberals have in the Cabinet for their abortion and LGBT agendas.”
He noted the Exxon Mobil CEO was instrumental in opening up the Boy Scouts of America to homosexuals, despite the fact that the group “was already dealing with staggering numbers of sexual abuse cases.”
“Unfortunately, the BSA, under Tillerson, ultimately caved to the pressure of the far-left, irreparably splitting the Scouts and destroying a proud and honorable American tradition,” Perkins wrote.
According to a 2014 article in the Dallas Morning News, Tillerson, who served as president of the Boy Scouts between 2010 and 2012, played a big part in successfully lobbying the group to grant membership to openly gay youths.
The conservative Perkins also pointed out that with Tillerson as CEO, Exxon Mobil contributed financially to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“That should be particularly alarming to conservatives, who’ve spent the last eight years watching the State Department lead the global parade for the slaughter of innocent unborn children and the intimidation of nations with natural views on marriage and sexuality,” said Perkins.
He said the president-elect “calls Rex a ‘world class player and dealmaker,’ but if these are the kinds of deals Tillerson makes — sending dollars to an abortion business that’s just been referred for criminal prosecution and risking the well-being of young boys under his charge in an attempt to placate radical homosexual activists — then who knows what sort of ‘diplomacy’ he would champion at DOS?”
Several Republican senators, including Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have raised other questions about Trump’s choice of Tillerson.
Rubio said, “While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination.”
He went on to say, “The next secretary of state must be someone who views the world with moral clarity, is free of potential conflicts of interest, has a clear sense of America’s interests and will be a forceful advocate for America’s foreign policy goals.”
The Boy Scouts of America released a congratulatory statement calling Tillerson a “long-standing, valued member of the Boy Scouts of America” and saying he has upheld the “long-standing traditions of character and good citizenship that are essential to scouting’s mission.”
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