Former US Ambassador Richard Grenell just announced his latest employment gig as Special Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
Founded by the homophobic Pat Robertson, the ACLJ pushes a conservative Christian agenda in the law process, denying LGBTQ people legal protections and working to erode those of other marginalized people as well.
Grenell said is a statement,
“I’m excited to be joining the ACLJ.
I have admired their work for years. This group has been instrumental in defending religious freedom here and around the world, and upholding the Constitution. Two issues that I also consider of utmost importance, especially as faith and liberty continually fall under attack.
I look forward to being a part of their incredible organization.”
Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said of Grenell’s hire,
“He brings his broad foreign policy, national security, intelligence and political experience to this new role and we are honored to have him on the team.”
Sekulow is the son of ACLJ co-director Jay Sekulow, who defended Trump during his impeachment proceedings earlier this year. Jay Sekulow also has close ties to Russia, and has defended Putin’s oppression of LGBTQ people there.
BTW, nowhere in the ACLJ’s press release does it mention that Grenell is a gay man, married to another man. That could be because the ACLJ has a long history of opposing marriage equality.
The group pushes for the suppression of LGBTQ rights worldwide, including helping to draft anti-queer language into the constitution of Zimbabwe. Homosexual sex remains punishable by imprisonment there. The group also supported the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda and Kenya as well.
Last month, while speaking to the Log Cabin Republicans, he criticized the queer rights movement, saying
“They try and bully us into silence. Yesterday’s champions of diversity are today’s intolerance.”
Grenell attracted bipartisan criticism earlier this year when Trump named him acting Director of National Intelligence, a job for which he was grossly unqualified.
He resigned from the position after only four months on the job.
gay conservatives are everywhere and this year they are speaking out like never before. @getoutspoken20 has empowered so many and created a community of leaders who will never be silenced again.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 2, 2020
I’m so inspired by these Americans!