Social media liberals erupted in fury this week after a photo was posted of Ivanka Trump with a smiling next to a Christian minister who supports traditional marriage.
During a White House dinner on Monday for evangelical leaders in the United States, Ivanka Trump posed for a photo with Rev. Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California, according to The Daily Wire.
“Jarod & Ivanka @ tonite’s White House dinner,” Garlow wrote in his tweet sharing the photo.
This was more than gay activists on Twitter could stand to bear in silence.
Don’t ever act like/pretend to support lgbtq+ people ever again @IvankaTrump
People like your father, #MikePence, the gentleman you took a photo with and YOU are perpetuating horrible suffering and preventing equality from being realized. Shame.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) August 28, 2018
Here's Ivanka at the White House evangelical dinner posing happily with Jim Garlow, who's equated marriage equality with 9/11. Which clearly makes her smile. pic.twitter.com/xzliJcST7E
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) August 28, 2018
Ivanka Trump Smiles With Pastor Who Thinks Marriage Equality Is Satan’s Work
Ivanka Trump, one-time LGBT rights supporter, showed up at the White House evangelicals’ dinner to pose for selfies with guests like homophobic Pastor Jim Garlow.https://t.co/Na3SmatjrV
— TheDaddy (@Joel_Schaffer) August 28, 2018
Since this tweet of @ivankatrump is getting lots of attn, I just want to add that it didnt have to be Jim Garlow. She could pose with a hundred different people in that room and it still would be a viciously anti-LGBTQ person. Because she complicitly supports this stuff
— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) August 28, 2018
The President and Administration’s practice of bringing fringe groups united around hatred towards LGBTQ Americans through the White House gates cannot go unnoticed and must be called out and checked. https://t.co/IEaXZ1oUoC
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) August 28, 2018
“LGBTQ allies” Ivanka and Jared are tonight dining with Tony Perkins, Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, Jim Garlow, and [insert name of any prominent anti-LGBTQ evangelical in American politics. Shame on them. Deep, lasting shame. https://t.co/njhI1cTqwm
— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) August 28, 2018
“The Bible starts with the marriage of a male and a female, and it ends with the wedding in Revelation of a bride and groom. The bottom line is this: If I were Satan, I would want to destroy on the earth the image of God,” Garlow said. “This is why marriage is such a hotbed issue.”
Garlow said the political dimension of the gay rights debate misses the bigger picture.
“It’s more than just the issue of homosexuality. It’s much more than that. It’s much more cosmic. It’s big. It’s enormous. They want to destroy the very image of God upon the planet. This is a demonic happening in our midst,” he said, according to Newseek.
As noted in the social media criticism that erupted this week, last year Ivanka Trump said she supports gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, although she did not go so far as to rubber stamp any of their causes.
“I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy,” she tweeted.
I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017
During the White House dinner Monday night, President Donald Trump told his guests that his administration supports the faith community, according to a White House media pool report.
“We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family, and freedom. As you know, in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom. But the attacks on communities of faith are over. We’ve ended it. We’ve ended it. Unlike some before us, we are protecting your religious liberty,” Trump said.
During the event, pastor Paula White presented the president and first lady Melania Trump with a Bible signed by more than 100 Christian leaders.
“First Lady and President, you are in our prayers always,” White said as she read the inscription on the Bible. “Thank you for your courageous and bold stand for religious liberty, and for your timeless service to all Americans. We appreciate the price that you have paid to walk in the high calling. History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations.”
Obviously, the same-sex marriage advocates see it a lot differently.
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