Franklin Graham Thanks Trump for Banning Pride Flags at US Embassies

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Evangelist Franklin Graham took to Facebook over the weekend to thank President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for banning U.S. embassies around the world from hanging rainbow Pride flags.

Sharing an article from ABC News about the story, Graham thanked Trump and Pompeo "for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during June in recognition of gay pride month."

"That is the right decision. The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America," he added. "The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths, not only in this country but around the world. The U.S. flag represents our nation—everyone—regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation."

His post was shared over 45,000 times and earned over 213,000 likes and more than 26,000 comments. Earlier this year Facebook apologized to Graham for temporarily banning the North Carolina evangelist over a 2016 post about the state's "bathroom bill."

Earlier this month, Trump tweeted support for LGBTQ Pride Month. His message came latest after the Trump administration aimed to reverse gains by LGBTQ Americans in areas including the military, housing and education.

Trump wrote he wants to "recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation." He added that other nations "punish, imprison or even execute individuals on the basis of sexual orientation" and the U.S. has a "global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality."

Read Graham's post in full below.

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