On June 1, the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican in Rome flew the LBGTQ pride flag to celebrate “Pride Month,” prompting backlash online on account of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church’s positions on homosexuality.
The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See celebrates #PrideMonth with the Pride flag on display during the month of June. The United States respects the dignity and equality of LGBTQI+ people. LGBTQI+ rights are human rights. pic.twitter.com/Xentlnr16E
— U.S. in Holy See (@USinHolySee) June 1, 2021
The U.S. Embassy’s decision was roundly criticized:
A big 🖕 to the Catholic Church from the United States government. https://t.co/q7IZF58XZ1
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 1, 2021
Do they have one up in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan? https://t.co/A1foMgNRvG
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) June 1, 2021
U.S. Embassies should limit themselves to flying the American flag, which unites ALL Americans.
That is the only flag to which we ALL pledge allegiance. https://t.co/sldXFI9mLu
— Thomas D. Williams, PhD (@tdwilliamsrome) June 1, 2021
In March, the Vatican asserted that priests could