Whining for Jesus: Leading conservative Christian Franklin Graham claims “the gay pride flag is offensive to Christians” while thanking the Trump administration for instructing U.S. embassies not to fly gay pride flags this month.
On his Facebook page the evangelical leader declared:
I want to thank President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during June in recognition of gay pride month. That is the right decision. The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America. The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths, not only in this country but around the world. The U.S. flag represents our nation—everyone—regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Graham posted a similar message to Twitter as well.
Graham is thanking Trump because the Trump administration has been instructing U.S. embassies not to fly the gay pride flag on flagpoles during June, LGBT pride month. NBC News reports:
The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News.
However, there is some good news. Business Insider and others are reporting that “some US embassies are still flying LGBTQ pride flags despite Trump administration advisory against it,” noting:
Several United States embassies around the globe displayed the rainbow flag over the weekend in honor LGBTQ pride celebrations, despite decisions from the State Department to discontinue the tradition started during Barack Obama’s presidency.…
In Jerusalem, Israel, US diplomats participated in massive LGBTQ pride march, according to the Washington Post.
As for Graham, he is a deplorable Christian extremist who frequently preaches a message of hatred and intolerance for gays and others he finds offensive. Recently Graham made headlines by warning gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg that he must repent or face eternal damnation for “flaunting his homosexuality.”
Graham, who is fond of claiming that God kills gays, issued a series of tweets attacking the Democratic presidential candidate earlier this year. And while Graham exhibits an irrational biblical hatred for gays and Democrats, he frequently grovels at the feet of that paragon of Christian virtue, Donald Trump.
Bottom line: Preaching a message of hatred and intolerance, Franklin Graham claims “the gay pride flag is offensive to Christians” while thanking Trump for instructing U.S. embassies not to fly gay pride flags this month.