American presidents have the prerogative to issues proclamations that affect public policy and draw the public’s attention to issues that are important to the president. This week Barack Obama issued such a proclamation. It proclaims the month of June 2009 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.” In the proclamation, Obama stated, “I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants.” He further said, “As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit.”
I am amazed but not surprised at the forwardness with which Obama is pressing his agenda upon the American people. To make a presidential proclamation such as this forces Americans who are opposed to the agenda of the LGBT to unwillingly participate in supporting this divisive cause. While what Obama has done is not illegal in any sense, it is a frightening harbinger of what may be to come as this administration coddles and lulls the American people away from their values and into selfish and sinful activity. We do need to “work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded,” but officially recognizing and condoning behavior that is contrary to the values of the founders will only hurt the long term prosperity and success of America.