In a post to his Facebook page this Saturday, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham lamented the recent action by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken which authorizes LGBT Pride flags to be displayed before May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, through the end of June at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.
“Just because something is ‘authorized,’ that doesn’t make it right!” Graham wrote in the post which linked to a Fox News report on the decision.
“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?” he continued. “The embassies represent the United States of America on foreign soil—only the U.S. flag should be flown.”
According to Graham, the gay pride flag, the “Christian flag,” or “any other flag” should not be displayed at U.S. embassies.
“The [Trump administration] had a one-flag rule that the Biden administration has rescinded,” he wrote. “Our U.S. flag represents the sacrifice, the honor, the unity, the patriotism—and the blood—that made America great. Pray for our nation and our leaders.”
Blinken’s action reversed a decision by the Trump administration, which rejected requests from embassies to raise the Pride flag on their flag poles during the month of June, which is Pride month.