An anti-LGBTQ extremist now heads the prestigious Voice of America

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12/13/2020

The Voice of America has long been a bastion of serious journalism. As the U.S. government’s official outlet for news, the organization has long modeled the values of democracy through objective reporting. The VOA demonstrates to the world what a free press and honest news look like. Needless to say, that’s anathema to Trump and his hard-right followers. In one last attempt to corrupt the agency before Trump leaves office, an anti-LGBTQ extremist has been named to head the agency. Robert Reilly is the author of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything. The book claims that “the debate over homosexuality is really about the nature of reality itself” and says accepting LGBTQ rights means “we all must say that the bad is good.” Reilly doesn’t just hate LGBTQ people. He hates Muslims too. He’s also the author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, in which he rants about “the spiritual pathology of Islamism.” Now Reilly will head up a government agency devoted to fair coverage. While most Americans aren’t aware of VOA’s reporting, it has a well-earned reputation for honesty and balance. That includes LGBTQ issues. VOA has been vigilant in covering attacks on LGBTQ rights around the globe as human rights abuses.

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