This is a guest post by Megan Hamilton. She is a life-long atheist who’s been writing about politics since 2011. She lives in Central America.
He teaches weekly Bible study classes for members of the Trump administration and members of Congress. As the founder of Capitol Ministries, he counts Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos among his followers. He uses his influence with Donald Trump and those around him to tighten his octopus-like grip on countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and several other Latin American countries.
Now, Ralph Drollinger (below) is home from a visit to Ukraine, where he preached to 50,000 people. That’s only possible because of help he received from Pavlo Unguryan, a virulently homophobic politician who believes homosexuality is a “treatable disease” and that gay people are pedophiles.
Unguryan has used his power to leverage hate towards LGBTQ individuals by doing things like calling for a 2013 Pride parade in Kyiv to be banned and claiming that public LGBTQ events would be “the first step toward the legalization of same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage, and then introduction of mandatory training programs for homosexual parenting.” He also added a bit of extremist Christian hand-wringing into the mix by saying, “At the end, we will have the prosecution of any critical comments against these people.”
While the situation is gradually improving for LGBTQ people in Ukraine, they are still marginalized. Drollinger and Unguryan seem to think their opponents will persecute right-wing Christians the same way they have been persecuting their own enemies. Just look at how far Unguryan’s bigotry goes:
In 2015, Unguryan was vocal in resisting legislation that would ban anti-gay job discrimination to bring Ukraine into compliance with European Union standards and give Ukrainian citizens access to visa-free travel in the EU. “As a country with a thousand-year-old Christian history, we simply cannot allow this,” Unguryan said. “Today, a special status for sexual minorities is simply unacceptable.”
Banning job discrimination is apparently a “special” perk that gay people want, not a demand to be treated equally…
Capitol Ministries can’t be ignored, either. The organization has infiltrated 43 state capitols and more than 20 legislatures worldwide. It now counts 68 lawmakers on Capitol Hill as members. Considering Drollinger’s homophobia and misogyny — he once said it’s “sinful” for women in politics to spend so much time outside the home — that’s especially worrisome.
These men are infecting politics with their harmful theology. Politicians are permitted to attend a Bible study, but the fact that so many of them blindly accept the views of men like Drollinger, who uses his faith to justify his hate, should bother everyone.