Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.), took 15 U.N. ambassadors from other countries to see "Fun Home," a Tony-award winning musical playing in New York City on March 1.
Power said the musical "brings home the challenges that LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) are facing every day around the world," noted The Independent.
The U.N. says that homosexuality is a crime in at least 75 countries.
However, the play didn't sit well with Tony Perkins, head of the Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC), who condemned the outing on the FRC website on March 3.
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Perkins wrote, "Like Secretary John Kerry, who seems oblivious to any problem not preceded by the letters L-G-B-T, Power is adding to the president's embarrassing diplomatic legacy by trying to export Obama's sexual extremism to a world preoccupied by far more important issues."
Perkins later added: "Representatives from Russia, Namibia, and other more culturally conservative countries sat through New York's latest sexual propaganda, followed by a personal thank you from Power herself. 'Thank you,' she told the cast, 'for bringing all of this home in a way that resolutions and statements never can.'
"It was a stunning display of political tone-deafness, considering the real crises happening right now on the real world stage. Unfortunately, as far as this president is concerned, the most urgent message America can send to the international community right now is 'that protecting the rights of LGBT people will remain a key foreign policy priority of the United States.' And its only priority, seemingly. While the world is experiencing the largest forced migration since WWII, the White House can't bring itself to say much about the persecution endured by men and women of faith.
"Where is this same boldness when it comes to the real suffering of Middle East Christians? Apparently, Power and others think world leaders need to be educated on the sexual proclivities of a few rather than the genocide of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. When you juxtapose what's happening at the State Department with what's happening in the rest of the world, it's easy to see why the president isn't taken seriously — at home or abroad."
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President Obama mentioned the persecution of Christians in the Middle East on Dec. 23, 2015, noted CNN.
"We join with people around the world in praying for God's protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths, as well as for those brave men and women engaged in our military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering and restore stability, security, and hope to their nations," Obama said in a statement.
"Michelle and I are also ever-mindful that many of our fellow Christians do not enjoy that right, and hold especially close to our hearts and minds those who have been driven from their ancient homelands by unspeakable violence and persecution," Obama added.