Liberalism is often a wicked brew concocted of fantasy, rumor, irony, bad logic and perpetually shifting principles.
Pride Month offers one such example.
The Biden administration, Corporate America, and gay rights activists have ensured that we cannot miss what June is really about.
From U.S. embassies to cereal boxes to Major League Baseball uniforms, the pride symbol – the rainbow flag – is not just evident; it’s in your face and inescapable.
Take diplomacy, for instance.
The U.S. embassy in The Vatican flaunted its rainbow standard to make sure the headquarters of the Catholic Church got the message – one that was 180 degrees different from the Trump administration. Even though the current president claims to belong to the Church whose doctrine denounces homosexuality as a mortal sin and rejects gay marriages as antithetical to the teaching of the Gospels.
But that was just one target.
In a lengthy June 1 press release intended to shore up its Pride Month bona fides, the “Biden-Harris” administration outlined all it was doing to promote gay rights.
“President Biden directed all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that United States diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQ+ persons,” the statement said.
Additionally, American diplomats were “ensuring pride flags fly on U.S. embassies around the world,” as the State Department issued a directive allowing U.S. diplomatic outposts “to fly the Pride flag on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag at their embassy or consulate, demonstrating that the United States will lead on LGBTQI+ human rights around the world.”
Except with one major distinction.
Neither Team Biden nor Woke Inc., as Austrian columnist Kurt Mahlburg refers to corporate wokesters, dare to offend devout Muslims in the Middle East.
Writing Thursday at the conservative site The Federalist, columnist Haley Strack noted that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged American embassies to tread lightly on the rainbow insignia.
Blinken, Strack wrote, authorized the use of the flag in May but added in his order that America’s “do no harm” policy “remains our overarching principle so U.S. efforts do not inadvertently result in backlash or further marginalization of the LGBTQI+ community.”
That backlash could be fatal.
Strack pointed out that the U.S. has diplomatic missions in 70 nations that criminalize same-sex sexual behavior, and 11 of them make death the ultimate punishment.
Regarding Blinken, Singapore, for one, had an immediate response, as its Foreign Affairs ministry told the U.S. embassy that “foreign missions here are not to interfere in our domestic social and political matters, including issues such as how sexual orientation should be dealt with in public policy. These are choices for only Singaporeans to debate and decide.”
Strack said The Federalist asked U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan about waving the flag and got no answer.
Think the U.S. will post it in Iraq? Well, last year, when Britain and Canada raised the pride flag to denote the day the WHO said homosexuality was no longer a mental illness, Iraqi politicians demanded that those nations’ diplomats be expelled.
Unlike with The Vatican, Google searches fail to reveal any news stories about the pride flag fluttering about the U.S. embassy in places like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, or Indonesia.
The American embassy in Bahrain posted a photo of its pride flag alongside the U.S. flag on Instagram. But the flags were clearly inside the building. And typical of the comments on the post was this: “How dare you do this in our country. You must respect our religion and culture or leave our country.”
Corporations are not much better.
Andrew Doyle, who runs a left-wing parody account on Twitter under the handle “Tatiana McGrath,” had a tweet on June 2 juxtaposing the home pages of YouTube, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble.
“Pride” and the pride symbol and colors were splashed all over those made available in the West, while any similar reference was conspicuously absent from those same pages shown in the Middle East. Mahlburg noted the same was true of companies like Coca-Cola, BMW and Lenovo.
Doyle, as McGrath, quipped, “It takes real courage for major corporations to display the Pride rainbow colours in our homophobic and heteronormative culture. And yet how wonderful to see that the Arab States are so progressive that the corporations don’t even have to bother.”
True to form, this issue captures the irony of contemporary liberalism beautifully:
All this virtue-signaling about demanding equality and gay rights by the Biden administration and Woke Inc. occurs only in places where equality and gay rights are already protected.
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