Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, ‘Key Leader’ in Ending Boy Scout Ban on Open Homosexuals

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he had selected ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state, a move that some Christians have found to be concerning as Tillerson was considered a “key leader” in ending the ban on open homosexuals in the Boy Scouts and runs a company whose employee gift matching program includes donations to Planned Parenthood.

“I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State,” Trump Tweeted early Tuesday morning.

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of state,” he also said in an official statement. “Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none.”

Tillerson has served as the president of ExxonMobil since 2004, and was president of the Boy Scouts of America from 201-2012. According to reports, Tillerson, who continued to serve on the board after his tenure, was instrumental in the organization’s decision to allow openly homosexual scouts and leaders.

“I can’t get into the intimacy of these conversations, but he agonized over this. He prayed on it, and ultimately he came to the conclusion the only thing that can guide him here is what’s best for the young boys,” John Hammer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the Dallas News in 2014. “I think he became a key leader in helping the group come to a consensus.”

The Baptist Press also reported in 2013 that Tillerson, a Congregationalist, met with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Frank Page, and explained why he believed the Boy Scout’s policy on open homosexuals should be overturned.

“There are changing cultural winds on the issue of homosexuality, Tillerson said,” the outlet reported. “Local scouting organizations would retain control over their local leadership, he said, and national gatherings of scouts would accommodate troops who don’t have gay leaders.”

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Groups such as 2ndVote have also listed Tillerson’s ExxonMobil as being a donor to Planned Parenthood, although the company states that it only donates via its employee matching program.

“ExxonMobil funding for Planned Parenthood organizations have been made through our employee/retiree matching gift and volunteer programs, which exist to support our employees and retirees in their personal philanthropic giving and community involvement,” the company stated last year. “ExxonMobil’s giving through these programs is based entirely on employees and retirees’ support for these organizations and does not reflect ExxonMobil’s philanthropic priorities or support for community causes.”

On Monday, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, who had supported Trump’s candidacy, said that Trump’s consideration of Tillerson “should be particularly alarming to conservatives who’ve spent the last eight years watching the State Department lead the global parade for the slaughter of innocent unborn children and the intimidation of nations with natural views on marriage and sexuality.”

“Trump calls Rex a ‘world class player and dealmaker,’ but if these are the kinds of deals Tillerson makes—sending dollars to an abortion business that’s just been referred for criminal prosecution and risking the well-being of young boys under his charge in an attempt to placate radical homosexual activists—then who knows what sort of ‘diplomacy’ he would champion at DOS?” he asked.

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  • Reason2012

    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

    James 5:16 “.. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

  • Ambulance Chaser

    This is where you guys draw your line in the sand? Tillerson is woefully unqualified to be Secretary of State and Trump wants to give him literally enough power to start World War III, but you want to quibble about his history with gays?

    • Saunders61

      Seems like a classic ad hominem error of logic to focus on Tillerson’s past with the Boy Scouts. I’m pretty sure The BSA does not fall under the purview of the State Department. At least with Tillerson we may know claims of a war started over oil may be correct.

    • Proud Amelekite

      Can’t expect much logic. Science proves that bigoted people have subhuman intellect.

    • Many Christians, will regret the day they listen to Satan and voted for Trump.

      • james blue

        If they actually did listen they wouldn’t be surprised. What they did was hear what they wanted to hear

      • Robert

        That’s a daffyy statement duck. Most Christians I know prayed this before they voted. Lord Jesus your will be done

        • 2 Chronicles 7:14,answers your question, prayed but notice you never said repent? Unless their is true true repentance by Americans, specifically the body of Christ, it will not matter what is going on politically, the problems with America, ultimately is spiritual, not political. It is a heart issue. God wants true repentance, and that America,will be Godly” and turn away from it’s wicked ways and deadly sins, you can pray all you want, but unless you repeat, God,won’t hear you. everyday, over 3000 babies are aborted and sold for parts or discarded as trash.Abortion,pornography, homosexuality,are grave sins

          Are we doing anything to save the lost or are we allowing them to have their way in our country. Many Churches don’t even teach about HELL Anymore, how does God feel about this? What will happen when those who are lost die in their sins that lead them to death, into the Lake of Fire, that is known as HELL.

      • nineleven

        ok, so lets see, you vote for Hlliary Clinton—that is voting Satan in a very clear way who loves baby murder, starting WW3 with Russia and open feminism and LGTB rights. A vote for a third party that has no chance of winning, allows Clinton to get in office. So lets give Trump a chance for 3 to 6 months before judging him. Trump is not our hope, only Jesus The Lord. Its up to the church to take this time of slight reprieve and bring repentance to the nation. Are you willing? Throw the impure perverse and warped lukewarm leaders out of their pulpits.

        • God gave Christians instructions on how to vote, I wrote down Christ on my ballot, he sure wouldn’t have approved of Hillary and Trump, both that appeal to LGBT community. The funny thing about WWIII is that can always come because China just said they need more Nuclear Weapons, from the threat of Trump’s presidency, and Russia is IRAN Ally,is helping them get their Nuclear Weapon. IRAN is hellbent to destroy Israel and America.

          Putin wants America destroy as he is on a mission to make Russia the most powerful country and only Superpower in the World, He also knows America is the only country that would keep him in line, if he decided to go crazy and tried to take over Europe, as our allies, rely,on us Europe is defenseless without America.

        • GOD, is going to hold the Church accountable every time Trump openly sins against him. just like with Obama choosing Wicked leaders have consequences that the Church will have to answer to when they stand,before Christ one day. Not all countries agree with homosexually,Tillerson has ties with RUSSIA, he is going to do his best,to,push the homosexual agenda to Russia, so that they will accept it,over there and it other countries where they see it as sinful and wrong.Gays are treated pretty bad in Russia,but that will change,soon with Tillerson who is very pro LGBT.

          I already have given Trump a chance in the eyes of God, it’s not my fault I have Biblical concernment and the Holy Spirit gives me the same warning about him like with Obama. it’s not a mistake he surrounds himself with Wolves in sheep clothing, Tillerson is a member of United Church of Christ. a church that believes everyone,is,on a journey to Heaven, when they find it bingo they’re in,without accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior… They believe any homosexual, lesbian, trans, bi, or other pervert can be a Christian in their church,they don’t care what God thinks as they feel he’s wrong,despite this they believe they can enter Heaven.

          • nineleven

            several additional comments. 1) Pray for Donald Trump and his salvation and that he chooses to make Godly decisions (scriptures commands us to do so), 2) that the church wakes up during this slight reprieve, repents from top to bottom for its sins of compromise and siding with the forces of darkness, 3) that a repentant church throws out the wicked from its midst, 4) that the church becomes the vehicle to bring the American nation to repentance before it is destroyed.

        • China just announced they need more Nuclear Weapons to deal with Donald Trump should the US treat Beijing unacceptably, according to a government mouthpiece newspaper. WWIII can always be started with China would crush the United States if a war were to take place today. the plans for WWIII doesn’t change it will happen when it takes place, as,Christ will return to stop Humans from destroying themselves.

    • Robert

      What makes him unqualified is his homosexual agenda. As far as I’m concerned. And i still cast votes or not for the people in my state who confirm nominations

  • Steven

    He prayed on it,
    Wondering who he was praying to that led him to support such a decision. Surely can’t be the God of the Bible.

    Trump calls Rex a ‘world class player and dealmaker,’
    Well…although, I believe Trump was closer to the mark on Americanism in the United States, I really don’t think he will be allowed–or maybe he’s in cahoots–to change the global agenda that’s in play. I realized this one after he met with Kissinger.

    • Who else Satan, he is god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4, these unbiblical commands and actions comes only from the Devil, this election kinda reminds me of the story with Adam and Eve, we all know the role Satan played in having them disobey God.

  • Nidalap

    Well, surely we weren’t expecting his picks to be super-Christian-friendly at THIS point…

    • The Trump Christian supporters did, the ones that believe that God sent Trump to save America,comparing him to KING David and Modern-Day Cyrus, just a bunch of baloney there are LOTS of Christians that thank God for Trump.

  • Emmanuel

    LOL, thank God I voted third party.

  • Robert

    Yea found this out on Wikipedia. Not good . So if he is not confirmed it won’t hurt my feelings any. IN fact just might let my senator know I don’t want him voting for this guy .I can tell
    My senator I won’t vote for him if he does
    We all can do that. Those.from our state in both houses

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Not even in office yet & it’s started! Trump’s pick of Tillerson as Secretary Of State upsets one religious right leader as of now. @tperkins how ya feeling about being such a vocal supporter of Trump now & about us who stood on our convictions with discernment? No surprise to us & no surprise that it’s not taking long for Perkins and the rest to come to regret their support.

    Starting to understand what crow tastes like? Gonna be a whole lotta folks who were a blight on Christ & the Gospel that will be. Gonna be a whole LOT more of this over next 4yrs. Love to ask @robertjeffress how’s those “namby-pamby panty-waisted hypocrites” are looking now? How’s crow taste? Lots more to come. And Trump’s not even in office yet!

    The main Cabinet appointment is a Pro-LGBTQABCXYZ advocates who made the BSA a laughingstock, donated to PP, and is part of an apostate church. Standby for more!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So sad. Why do these rich powerful white elite have to pollute the planet even in their old age on earth, not giving young children any break? Men go really weird in a world where there are no chaste virgin women to marry. USA needs Christian morality, not more money, for children to be happy and healthy. Homosexuality is abnormal immorality. Making lose innocence is a crime against children. May Lord Jesus deal with modern Sodom to avenge all the children.