President Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Army Secretary, Dr. Mark Green, is crying foul after being targeted by pro-LGBTQ groups’ smear campaign that has labeled him as a hater – because of his adherence to biblical views on morality.
Green maintains that LGBTQ activists and other Leftists have had a field day tarring and feathering him by twisting his words and demonizing him – mainly by taking his statements out of context.
“[The] liberal Left has cut and spliced my words [to] paint me as a hater,” the Tennessee state legislator asserted, according to LifeSiteNews.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims and LGBT Americans.
Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that “false and misleading attacks” against him had turned his nomination into a distraction.
“Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain,” Green said, expressing “deep regret” over the decision.
Green is the second Trump nominee for Army secretary to withdraw. The move to step aside came after a video began circulating of remarks Green gave in September to a tea party group in Chattanooga.
Cases for and against the attacked
Americans for the Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) President Peter LaBarbera agrees that Green – the military hero who interviewed Saddam Hussein the night before his Army capture – has been the undeserving subject of the Left’s wrath.
“[T]hose who know Dr. Green – who has used his vast medical experience to provide humanitarian care to poor and underserved populations – say he is far from a ‘hater,’” LaBarbera pointed out. “Green is a highly decorated West Point graduate, a strongly pro-life conservative Christian, a pro-Second Amendment [advocate], [a] Tea Party Republican and a former U.S. Army flight surgeon.”
Regardless of his years of dedicated service to the afflicted while in the military, Green has received countless attacks and character assassinations because he upholds his Christian beliefs on sexual morality.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is inciting retaliation against Green, setting up a page on its website to spur the LGBTQ community to take action against Green – an attack that took some of his words out of context.
“Green has called transgender people ‘diseased,’ ‘immoral,’ and ‘evil,’ and has also said that Muslims ‘don’t belong’ in the United States,” NCTE leaders claim on their website. “In his current role as a state senator, he has co-sponsored a North Carolina-style bathroom ban and numerous other anti-LGBT bills.”
The NCTE diatribe against Green then insists that Trump used bad judgment by nominating a man who it alleges is incompetent and out-of-touch with Americans.
A“President Trump wants this man to be Secretary of the rmy … Trump is truly scraping the bottom of the barrel in selecting such a hateful nominee,” the statement continues. “Not only transgender and Muslim service members, but anyone who might be perceived as different, would have reason to wonder how someone who talks like this could possibly have their backs.”
Also calling for Green to be taken out of consideration for an appointment as Army Secretary, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined the LGBT community’s bandwagon in portraying him as a bigot.
“While I deeply appreciate and applaud his record of service to this nation, I feel that Mr. Green’s intolerant, extreme and deeply disturbing views, and disparaging comments toward the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Latinos and other groups of Americans — all of whom play important roles in the Army and in our country — are dangerous to morale, cohesion and readiness of our Armed Services and the fabric of America,” Schumer stated last week, according to LifeSiteNews.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin argues that such attacks against Green are unwarranted, untrue and downright malicious.
“[The Left has become] so powerful and so vicious that it’s getting hard to find good people like Mark Green to run for office or engage in public policy because of the lies and hateful attacks they will have to endure,” Boykin told LifeSiteNews.
After serving in the Army for 36 years Boykin assures that Green is the perfect man for the job.
“What more could we want?” the now-executive vice president of Family Research Council (FRC) added. “There’s not much left that Mark Green hasn’t done.”
Key Republican joins the Leftist fray
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined the LGBT community and Democrats in demanding answers to the many loaded accusations and attacks waged by the Left concerning Green’s nomination, contending that his comments about the homosexuals and Muslims are disturbing.
“There’s a lot of controversy concerning his nomination,” McCain told USA Today concerning Green. “We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee. I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up.”
When asked if Green’s remarks were bothersome to him, the moderate Senator from the Grand Canyon State answered in the affirmative.
“Of course – some of the comments that have been attributed to him obviously are very concerning,” McCain replied, before talking about what comments he found particularly upsetting. “[What comments I find troubling are] a broad variety — concerning the Muslim faith, concerning the LGBT community … other issues according to the comments he has made in the past.”
McCain ended the short interview by demanding answers from Green in the later stages of the confirmation process.
“But when his nomination is [formally] submitted, we will give him an opportunity to respond to these questions that have been raised,” McCain noted.
Standing up for himself
In an effort to set the record straight, Green took to social media to let America know the truth about his character and heart to serve the American people.
“The liberal Left has cut and spliced my words about terrorism and ISIS, blatantly falsifying what I’ve said,” Green announced on his Facebook page on April 25. “Let me be very clear – the only people I have ever called evil are murderous terrorists trying to kill Americans. The only people I have ever suggested be crushed are the terrorist enemies of our nation.”
He then stressed he has never demanded that anyone share his point of view.
“I have never and will never force my religion on anyone,” Boykin added. “If God gives Mankind a choice – which I believe – who am I to force my faith on anyone?”
The nominee continued his self-defense by insisting that liberals are the ones who are guilty of discrimination – not him.
“I believe that every American has a right to defend their country regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion,” Green impressed. “It’s the radical Left that won’t allow the latter.”
He then affirmed that he has never placed himself on the judgment seat, and insisted that his dedication to keep all Americans safe has never faltered.
“I have never considered myself a judge of anyone, but I have been a protector of everyone in this nation,” Green impressed.
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