Vice President Mike Pence, along with other prominent social conservatives, is defending the Trump administration’s refusal to allow U.S. embassies across the globe to raise LGBTQ “Gay Pride” flags on the same flagpoles hosting the American flag,
The administration is denying diplomats’ requests to raise the rainbow banners on the building’s official flagpole, framing it as a matter of maintaining the preeminence of the Stars and Stripes. The requirement to seek permission first marks a reversal of the Obama administration giving embassies full discretion to fly rainbow flags during June’s “Pride Month.”
“I support that,” stated Vice President Pence. “As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American, and we both feel that way very passionately. But when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly, I think is the right decision.
At the same time, President Trump announced efforts to decriminalize homosexuality overseas, issuing a statement celebrating Pride Month: “As we celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBTQ people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBTQ people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….”
Predictably, U.S. Embassies around the world read between the lines and chose to disobey the President. The US embassy in Germany announced that a “huge” gay pride flag would be hung “on as many places as it can at the Embassy,” and that “multiple” events celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month were scheduled at the embassy. Ambassador Richard Grenell will march in the Berlin Pride Parade. Similarly, embassies in Austria, Korea, India, Chile, etc. flew rainbow flags or otherwise celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month. Not surprisingly, Ambassador Grenell – who was appointed by Trump – is the highest-ranking US diplomat who openly identifies himself as gay.
The President appears to be trying to please fundamentally opposite positions, seeking to mollify the social conservative base that elected him, while pandering to the powerful gay lobby, from which he received virtually no support during his election campaign.
One is reminded of the words of the Indian Chief Old Joseph back in 1855, who after being deceived by the United States into signing a treaty which cost him millions of acres of tribal lands, stated: “Me no trust white man, he speaks with forked tongue.”
How long will it take American Christians to cease their mindless support for the President, and call him into account for his thinly-disguised support for the gay agenda – and refrain from voting for someone who “speaks with forked tongue”?