Folks, this is good news for The Resistance. Mike Pompeo issued a decree recently, reversing an Obama policy (naturally) which permitted U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow colored flag in honor of Pride Month. In Boston Tea Party-esque defiance, Pompeo’s orders are being ignored and the rainbow banner yet waves.

Washington Post:

“This is a category one insurrection,” said one diplomat, who like others interviewed about the sentiment over the rejections, which were not made in writing, spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired. [Editor’s Note: This is an interesting variation of the standard language which is “condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.” This is blunt.]

The flap over the flags started when the State Department did not send out an official cable this year with guidelines for marking Pride Month, as it has in years past. In 2011, the Obama administration directed agencies involved with foreign policy to promote LGBT rights, a striking policy for an agency that, up to the early 1990s, considered homosexuality a security risk and cause for termination. […]

Some gay employees in the foreign and civil service say the ban on flying the rainbow flag is just the tip of an iceberg of slights.

Pompeo has not issued a statement for Pride Month, as he did last year. He did not attend the State Department’s annual Pride Day event for two years running as his predecessors usually did, though he was traveling in Europe this year. Instead, he dispatched Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who promised that the State Department will advocate for gay diplomats and their families.

Don’t hold your breath. There’s not going to be any gay advocacy with an evangelical wingnut in charge of the State Department. And it won’t surprise you that all of Wingnuttia is up in arms over this gesture. Here’s a sample.

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14 Comments on "HAHA! U.S. Embassies Worldwide Ignore The State Dept, Fly Gay Pride Rainbow Flag"

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P J Evans
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I’d guess that the only parts of the bible that “kevin” has read are the ones handed to him in his bible-study class or by his pastor: never more than two verses in a row, and skipping all the parts about love and justice. He’s a Pauline.

Cmae
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This is great.

Epimetheos
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This Kevin guy sounds more like a GRU operative. Look at the constructions of his sentences in his thread and how and were he uses some words. It’s like translating from Russian to English. Interesting……

Carol O
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Good for the embassies! Resistance is not futile! It is encouraging to all of us to know that we still have good people serving in our government, even if the repug appointed leaders are questionable human beings. Show us your rainbows!

Denis Elliott
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Regarding that tweet in your story: When I hear/read “Christians” citing the bible that way I’m always reminded of a line from (the book version) The DaVinci Code – “The bible didn’t arrive by fax from heaven.” None of the New Testament was even written down until long after the Jesus depicted in the bible was dead and gone. Rather, the stories and even gospels were handed down through multiple generations orally. That alone means some of the stuff changed – everyone has taken part in the group circle exercise where the leader whispers a story to the person next… Read more »
Lone Wolf
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kevin@kevin4jesus1 UCLA Bruin? college educated?
Is a fake troll, click on his ‘handle’ and you’ll see how utterly ridiculous his pro-Trump gibberish is.
Call me a racist? naive? out of touch? He (Trump) has done NOTHING for anyone other than himself, his rich buddies, family, and murderous tyrant dick-tators around the world. Sure there are some, but, how can a black man in America, even today, support such a racist, bigoted person like Trump who mostly doesn’t even try to hide it? But….there were Jews in Europe who initially supported Hitler too. Look how that turned out.