If confirmed, Brewster will be the first openly gay ambassador to the country, a prospect that is not going over well with some segments of this conservative Christian country of 9 million people. Local reports indicate that church leaders are pressuring the government to reject
Brewster's nomination and calling on the faithful to dress in black on Monday in solidarity against him.
Praise Christian Church Pastor Sauford Medrano is quoted in Diario Libre as saying that Brewster could cause "the U.S. promotion of gender beliefs in the country." That supposedly violates a general education law in the country that "all the Dominican education system is based on Christian principles."There are plenty of countries where a gay ambassador would be welcomed with open arms -- pretty much all of post-Christian Europe. Why go out of your way to upset and offend before the ambassador even hits the ground? This isn't smart; it's stupid. And yes, it is quite equivalent to sending a black ambassador to apartheid era South Africa. It may make the U.S. feel good, but it isn't a way to persuade another country to do what we want.