In an interview with the American Family Association’s media arm OneNewsNow, the head of the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-FAM), Austin Ruse warns that if international charities are required to play nice with LGBT people, the poor and needy are going to be left to fend for themselves:
“According to Ruse, the impact will be felt most strongly by the people on the ground who need those groups’ help. “You know, so much of this kind of work around the world is done by faith-based groups,” he points out. “And if they have to walk away from that work because of these federal requirements, the people who are going to be hurt are the poor people around the world…”
Ruse claims to have an inside source who says that the White House will require humanitarian aid groups to have LGBT-inclusive hiring policies if they want to continue to receive government funding — and he says he’s certain that there won’t be any exemption for religious organizations.
And if this happens, he says religious charities are “going to have to walk away from federal money that helps them do their work.” Ruse, apparently, assumes that he can safely speak for all of them.
This wouldn’t be the first time that charitable work was threatened over advances in LGBT human rights protections. Often, the threat is followed through, but spun to make a dramatic claim of persecution. For example, in 2011, Catholic Charities of Rockford, in Illinois, chose to cease state-funded adoption services altogether, just out of the fear that they might one day be expected to allow LGBT parents to adopt. The move was subsequently and continuously phrased to sound like the state government forced the agency to close.