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It is the month of June and you know what that means. It is time for the annual ritual of inundating your life with everything LGBTQ.
And with a Democrat, Joe Biden, in the White House, the deluge of rainbows and jazz hands would inundate every part of government, if those departments would allow it. But not all of them will, Fox News reported.
“Can you talk about the pride flag? Has a decision been made on whether the pride flag can be displayed at DOD facilities? I understand that it was under review. And can you explain how it came to be under review?” a reporter asked spokesperson John Kirby on June 4.
“Yeah, after some careful consideration, the department will maintain the existing policy from July of 2020 regarding the display or depiction of unofficial flags. So there won’t be an exception made this month for the pride flag,” he said.
“And as for how it came – I don’t want to mischaracterize this and say there was some sort of formal review but obviously knowing that the month of June was approaching, we wanted to do due diligence and take a look and take a look at the old policy and see if we felt it was still applicable and still needed to be applicable.
“I would stress only two more things in answer to your question. One, this in no way reflects any lack of respect or admiration for people of the LGBTQ+ community, personnel in and out of uniform who serve in this department. We’re proud of them. I mentioned that on Monday, that the Secretary’s pride and respect and admiration for the service that they render to their country,” he said.
We are not entirely certain where his admiration comes from. Does he admire everyone’s sexual choices?
But either way, the department made the correct decision, even if it was for the incorrect reasons.
“This was really more about the potential for – an exception in this case about the potential for other challenges that could arise from that exception – that specific exception, and it was really about that than anything else. It’s certainly not a statement of anything other than the fact that – full respect and admiration for that service,” he said.
Unbelievably in April Secretary of State Antony Blinken changed a Trump era policy and allowed requests to display pride flags in the month of June.
He said they could start flying the pride flags before May 17, which is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and keep them flying through the end of June.
He said that they would not be required to fly the flags but that leaders have the ability to “determine that such a display is appropriate in light of local conditions.”
You know what “in light of local conditions” means? It means that in nations, like those in the Middle East and North Africa where they have no time for our ridiculous woke nonsense, they will not be flying the flag.
They were also told that they could fly the Black Lives Matter flag on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a convicted criminal who has now become a national hero.
“We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact,” a memo from the State Department read.
In an interview with White House correspondent Kristen Welker in 2019, Mike Pence defended the Trump decision not have the flags fly.
“As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American,” he said.
“We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies,” he said.