Last week I posted an article on this blog Abortion and LGTB Rights and the Islamic Takeover in which I explained how the moral vacuum created by the West, specifically the abortion and LGTB movements have allowed Muslims, who rightfully do not accept such practices as rights, to seek refuge in sharia law—which is equally destructive—within our society. Yet the West, the United States in particular, seems to have taken a lead role in not just encouraging such conduct that goes against the natural law but authoritatively imposing it among the American people as legitimate lifestyles.
Thursday of last week I was in Rome and noticed that the LGTB flag displayed outside our US Embassy in Rome. While it was not “flown” on a flag pole as mandated by President Donald Trump, the US State Department found a way around Trump’s orders. While we cannot and should not judge any individual who has a same-sex orientation or any other sexual desire other than that between a man and woman, for that is left up to God, any statement or action by our government that recognizes the aforementioned suppresses our exercise of life, liberty, and the our pursuit of happiness.
God forbid we as Christians ask to display a Cross or Jews ask to display the Star of David. Yet to show how far sexual disorientation is being imposed by both federal and local governments, there is ongoing case that the Supreme Court has refused to accept of the owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, a bakery in Oregon that refused, based on their exercise of religious freedom maintaining that marriage is only between a man and a woman, to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2012. And in the State of California, school officials think it is “really important” to teach children about pedophilia and pederasty in the classroom because it is a “sexual orientation.” Is this what we want for our children and for their children?
I sent emails to both the American Embassy and communicated my complaints to the American Consulate in Florence. The former stated that “There is no such policy that entirely prohibits the display of this flag, it only applies to hoisting other flags on the American flagpole. Protecting human rights for all, including LGBTI persons—[notice the “I” was added to include intersex]—has long been and remains the policy of the United States.” As an Austrian friend of mine, who also possesses American citizenship told me: “I thought the American flag represents all peoples. Why do we have to disrespect the flag, which thousands have died for, by having another flag ‘hoisted’?” I was also told via email by a representative of the American Consulate in Florence—whose name I shall withhold—after saying that unless I get a proper response the American ambassador who plans to attend the 4th of July celebration this month: “If you would like to speak to someone about the flag which we also have up here at the Consulate we can set up a separate meeting.”
I am not casting judgement or pointing the finger to anyone, but both responses are not just unacceptable but they are both a betrayal to the society the American Founding Fathers created for us and to any respectable human being who seeks to live an ethical way of life.
America, we must not just wake up to the moral vacuum in our country but we must also fight it! Let us pray for the conversion of such people and the ones who are promoting such lifestyles as rights. Let us also not just take this sitting down. We need to fight this by letting our lawmakers know that we are not going to accept immorality as a legitimate means of living.
Below is the exchange of correspondence with the US Ambassador. We cannot remain quiet about this. How much more will it take to realize that we are be discriminated against? This will only destroy the concept of the family and consequently our society as we know it. Please make our voices heard!
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:43 PM (Letter provided was a physical one I sent on June 14; a bit more detailed that original email)
To: US Citizens, Rome
Subject: LGTB Flag outside our embassy in Rome
Mr. Lewis M. Eisenberg
U.S. Ambassador to Italy
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m the Very Rev. Mario Alexis Portella, an American citizen who now lives in Florence. I’m priest of our Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of our archdiocese. I was in Rome this morning and saw the display outside our embassy of the LGTB flag. With the understanding that it was not to be flown – the juridical understanding is that it’s also not to be displayed – I would like to know the decision for its display.
I was in Rome yesterday morning and saw the display outside our embassy of the LGTB flag. Ooutside the fact that there is not reason why we as a country should be celebrating people’s sexual orientation, let alone how they perform the act, it was my understanding that the LGTB flag was not to be flown, which would also mean not to be publicly displayed.
I intend on being at the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence at our consulate in Florence on Thursday June 27th. I look forward to meeting you with the hope that I’ve received a satisfactory answer to my inquiry.
Very Rev. Mario Alexis Portella
P. S. I’ve attached the photo I took this morning outside our embassy.
Dear Rev. Portella,
In response to your June 13 email we would like to clarify the misrepresentation by several media outlets about the Administration’s policy in regards to displaying LGBTI Pride flag at U.S. Embassies across the world. There is no such policy that entirely prohibits the display of this flag, it only applies to hoisting other flags on the American flagpole. Protecting human rights for all, including LGBTI persons, has long been and remains the policy of the United States. As the Vice President recently emphasized: We are “proud to be able to serve every American… when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies.” There are no restrictions on displaying other flags, including the Pride flag, or any other demonstrations of solidarity at our embassies beyond that. You may find further clarification from the U.S. Department of State’s Spokesperson here: https://www.state.gov/briefings/department-press-briefing-june-10-2019/
U.S. Embassy Rome