A conservative public policy group does not think President Obama’s new AIDS awareness personality will be well recieved.
The Obama administration has announced $60 million in additional funding to fight HIV/AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa and has appointed comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as special envoy to raise global awareness about the disease and generate funding to address the problem. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expects the actress to “bring her sharp wit and big heart” to support U.S. efforts. But Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America (CWA) notes a potential problem.
“She is openly lesbian and obviously is an activist on the issue of homosexual rights and has taken a very active role in pushing the homosexual agenda. So for her to be the person who’s out front and the face of the Obama administration in the whole fight against AIDS I think is inappropriate,” Crouse decides.
She is also concerned about how the appointee will be received in sub-Saharan Africa, where AIDS has been rampant. “There are plenty of Christian nations in that region and some Muslim nations in that region, so she is not going to receive a very warm welcome there or be an appropriate person to be the face of the fight against AIDS,” the CWA spokesperson warns.
So Crouse concludes the administration’s choice appears to be “an effort to promote the homosexual agenda.”