For someone who claimed George W. Bush offended other countries and their leaders, Barack Obama sure likes offending other countries and their leaders, especially in matters concerning religious freedom. He just did it again — this time to the Dominican Republic with his choice of ambassador to that country.
While in a trip to Northern Ireland during the G8 summit, Obama said that religious schools were offensive, a remark that the United Kingdom’s religious leaders found offensive.
During his African vacation, he couldn’t help butting into Kenya’s politics, and remarked that Kenya should support gay marriage. That country’s deputy president shot back that Kenya was a “God fearing” nation and would have none of it.
In this latest instance, it wasn’t something Obama said so much what he did. He appointed an openly gay man, James “Wally” Brewster, as U.S. ambassador to that very conservative and mostly-Catholic country, prompting a bishop to announce, “he is going to suffer and will have to leave,” according to CNS News.
On Monday, Catholic, evangelical, and other opponents in the Dominican Republic organized and took part in what were billed as “Black Monday” protests, whereby participants donned black clothing and set black decorations on cars and buildings to protest the nomination of Brewster, who is a long-time homosexual activist and fundraiser for the Democratic Party and President Obama.
Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the archbishop of Santo Domingo, wrote in the Dominican newspaper La Opinion, “they have to know there are many people in the world who are against that, both in Christian and non-Christian governments.”
Hitting the nail squarely on the head, the cardinal added, “Ask the Muslim world what they think about that, in addition to Christians and Evangelicals.”
CNS reported that “Brewster is a senior managing partner for the Chicago-based marketing firm SB&K Global.”
So what qualifies Brewster, a Chicago businessman, for a plum assignment on an island in the middle of the azure-blue waters of the Caribbean? He raised over $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign, according to CNN. This proves once again that paybacks can be hell — especially political paybacks.