Some members of Congress are sponsoring legislation requiring that the only flag to be flown at a US embassy is the American flag.
It seems to be a strange law to be needed. After all, what other flag would someone fly at a US embassy? The Chinese Flag? The Russian Flag? The French Flag? The English Flag?
Of course, the impetus for this legislation isn’t some renegade American ambassador flying the flag of Italy over his embassy. No, it seems a gay pride flag has appeared over a few of our embassies. Perhaps this occurred to curry favor with local activists. Perhaps it was a misguided attempt to influence local culture.
Whatever the reason, it was a clear, loud symbol – of how weak is our government’s grasp on truth and morality. A US embassy should be a symbol of only those things represented in our founding documents, not the latest social trend or excursion into immorality.
Yes, I believe homosexual behavior is disordered. It isn’t some new normal and no amount of gay demonstrating or banner-waving will change that. No, I don’t believe people with same-sex attraction should be discriminated against or treated like lepers in ancient times. But treating people with dignity and respect does not require me to celebrate sodomy.
I’m sure there is someone in an American embassy in some foreign land who might want to hang some banner other than Old Glory over his building. How about a Confederate Flag? How about a Peace Flag? How about the United Nations Flag? How about the Vatican Flag?
Each of these flags would be inspiring to some folks. Each would be highly offensive to others.
The American Flag should not offend anyone representing our nation in one of our embassies. If it does, that person needs to seek a new line of work.