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Gay pride flag hoisted above US embassy in Israel:

Gay pride flag hoisted above US embassy in Israel:

TEL AVIV – The U.S. Embassy broke new ground and raised a few eyebrows by flying the rainbow-colored gay pride flag below the Stars and Stripes in a show of support for the city’s week long Gay Pride week, not to mention a rare example of tolerance in the wider Middle East.

“Proudly flying the colors!" read a dual-language post on the Facebook page of U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro’s office. "For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag. We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual] Pride Week.”

“I see that it is OK to put up a gay pride flag over an embassy but not ok for military members to espouse their religious beliefs in God," read a post on the Embassy's page, attributed to Grant Hix Jones. "I am ashamed to see those flags side by side.”

“How is this "gay pride flag" representative of all Americans?" wrote a poster named James Brown. "This flag needs to come down.” While most people posting messages on the embassy Facebook page expressed various shades of disapproval, on the other side of the debate there were those in favor of hoisting the gay flag, with “Way to go!” and “Proud” being among the posted comments.

Corey Bardash, co-chairman of Republicans Abroad-Israel, said embassies in neighboring countries would be displeased by such a display.

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{This is a gutsy move by the American Embassy in Israel and by the state department who undoubtedly gave permission to the ambassador to raise the gay pride flag. It show that America is ready to show its tolerance in a area of the world which is a sea of intolerance. While gays fear for their lives in many Islamic states Israel remains steadfast in supporting gay rights and I completely support the ambassador joining in.

As for the religious complaints they are overblown and the reasoning behind banning of service members overt displays of religiosity have to do with the separation of church and state. Take it up with the writers of the Constitution. Personally I couldn't care less if the Islamic states are upset about it and I can't imagine why anyone else would be. What do you think about it?}

"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
6/14/2014, 8:03 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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