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Pathetic Franklin Graham Rages as Biden Lifts Trump Ban on LGBTQ Flags at US Embassies

Earlier this month, noted homophobe Franklin Graham did some hand-wringing over former President Donald Trump because ‘Murika didn’t appreciate him enough, and now he’s back to complaining again on Facebook. This time he’s up in arms because U.S. embassies are flying Pride flags.

Graham has earned a spot on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog because he is notoriously anti-LGBTQ. Enough so that a string of his appearances were canceled in the UK last year.

Now he’s taken to his Facebook page to complain about embassies having the temerity to post those rainbow flags, Joe.My.God. reports:

“Just because something is ‘authorized,’ that doesn’t make it right! Why should a flag representing one group of people and a specific agenda be literally raised up above all others and allowed to fly at our embassies and consulates?”

Here’s the part where I bring up an outdated survey that needs updating but at least has numbers we can work with: PBS, citing information from the Williams Institute estimates that in 2010 at least 70,000 members of the military were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Additionally, in 2014 that same institute found that 15,500 transgender Americans were serving in the armed forces at the time.

That, I would think, is reason enough for embassies to fly the Pride flag. This is lost on Graham, however.

“The embassies represent the United States of America on foreign soil — only the U.S. flag should be flown,” he writes. “Not the gay pride flag, not the Christian flag, not any other flag. The previous administration had a one-flag rule that the Biden administration has rescinded.”

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I did some fact-checking on this because Graham is notoriously fast and loose with the truth and it turns out that the Trump administration purportedly sent a string of emails in June 2019 to consulates in countries such as Israel, Latvia, Germany, and Brazil, ordering them not to fly pride flags.

The Biden-Harris administration has given blanket approval for U.S. embassies worldwide to fly the Pride flag on the same flag pole as the U.S. flag prior to May 17, which is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and Pride month in June, PinkNews reports.

Graham is of course, willfully ignorant of the fact that LGBTQ+ people have sacrificed just as people of color have for the greater good of the U.S.

“Our U.S. flag represents the sacrifice, the honor, the unity, the patriotism — and the blood — that made America great,” he writes. “Pray for our nation and our leaders.”

Someone throw some ice water on this idiot, please. America has never been great; especially when you consider how people of color and LGBTQ+ people have been treated and when you consider this country’s role in raining hell overseas. Seriously, Graham can put a sock in it.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus

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