Egypt: Some of America’s most notorious anti-LGBT activists are in Egypt as the country arrests gay men

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann and head of the Family Research Council (FRCTony Perkins were among a group of evangelicals to meet with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, amid a growing LGBTQ crackdown.

The religious leaders said they were there to speak about the “plight of religious minorities” in the country. These same leaders are among those pushing for so-called “religious freedom” laws that would give a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently appeased them by issuing “religious freedom” memos to help give cover to religious folks who wish to discriminate.

Also present were former faith advisor to Ben Carson, Rev. Johnnie Moore; end times writer Joel Rosenberg; retired U.S. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the former deputy undersecretary of defense who called the war in Iraq a holy war against Islam; Florida pastor Mario Bramnick; Middle East commentator Michael Evans; communications executive Larry Ross; activist Robert Vander Plaats; and Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ Global Leadership) Vice President Dela Adadevoh, The Washington Post reports.

Vander Plaats is the CEO of The Family Leader, which is loosely affiliated with the anti-LGBTQ Focus on the Family. Boykin is the current executive vice president of the FRC, and was a vocal opponent against ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Read more via LGBTQ Nation