Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to forbid U.S. embassies from raising “gay pride” flags, or any banner other than the Stars and Stripes.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, is spearheading the effort in response to a handful of past instances in which American embassies around the world flew rainbow flags to promote homosexual “pride” or “rights,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Introduced last Thursday, the Old Glory Only Act does not single out LGBT flags; rather, it forbids the flying of any flag other than the American flag. As of Friday it has 26 cosponsors, all Republicans.
“The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, and there’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe,” Duncan told the Examiner.
American embassies in Macedonia, Jamaica, Belize, Israel, and Iraqi Kurdistan are among the locations that have caused controversy in recent years for flying pro-LGBT flags, under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Many other embassies, such as in Prague, the Czech Republic, and even the Vatican, have promoted homosexual “pride” through a variety of other statements and gestures, as well.
In other news about abominations in America, Illinois came one step closer this week to joining California on the list of states with a mandated LGBT curriculum for public schools.
Lawmakers in the Illinois Senate passed a pro-LGBT bill on Wednesday along a 34-18 vote. The legislation, Senate Bill 3249, now proceeds to the Illinois House, which is controlled by Democrats.
School boards would be granted leeway as to how much instructional time is allotted to the subject, The Associated Press reported.
“[The Bill] requires the study on the roles and contributions of LGBT people and the history of this state and the country,” State Sen. Heather Steans, a Democrat, said Wednesday while speaking in Springfield before her peers. “We’ve made a lot of changes based on a lot of input, which I appreciate, and it’s incorporating it just in the study of history like it does for many other populations in this state.”
“[This bill] requires every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society,” the bill’s sponsors wrote in a synopsis published on the Illinois General Assembly’s website.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 26th, 2018