Pastor Says Gay People 'Appropriate' the Rainbow from God

Pastor E.W. Jackson has spoken out about flying the rainbow flag during gay pride month, fuming it is "an accursed thing" that was appropriated from God.

Jackson, a Baptist minister who recently claimed that supporters of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wanted to turn America into a "homocracy," praised the Trump administration for rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the symbol on flagpoles this month.

In his Sunday sermon, Jackson loudly criticized diplomats who have allegedly defied the State Department restrictions. The Washington Post reported some embassies has used colored lights. At least one embassy put the rainbow flag on a mast attached to the building.

He said: "Most people don't know these state department folks are defying the president of the United States and flying the rainbow flag. That's an accursed thing. The rainbow was given to us by God as a sign that he would not destroy the earth by water again, and you're going to appropriate that as pride in homosexuality? Are you kidding me? Talk about blasphemy. Talk about arrogance. Talk about boldness. Talk about shaking your fist in God's face."

NBC News first reported that the government had denied requests to fly the rainbow flag from embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia. It reported that flags could still be displayed in other locations, but not on their official flagpoles. The decision was a shift from the policy of former President Barack Obama, who granted such approval to all U.S. embassies.

Jackson, who preaches in Virginia and runs a radio broadcast called The Awakening, heaped praise on the president following a lengthy speech about Christian persecution.

"President Trump came in and said, 'No, we're not going to do that. You're only going to fly only the American flag at embassies," the pastor told the congregation. "We're not going to fly the rainbow flag during June.' Well, guess what? You've got people in the embassies saying, 'We don't care what the president says and flying them [flags] in some cases anyway.'"

The pastor's comments were first highlighted by the Right Wing Watch project.

On his radio program this week, the preacher did not soften his stance about the gay pride symbol. Instead, as reported by the Friendly Atheist blog, Jackson compared the rainbow flag to the Confederate flag. "The rainbow flag is no different than the Confederate flag. That's right, I said it and I mean it," he said, adding: "We need to burn every rainbow flag in this nation."

State Department chief Mike Pompeo has previously voiced his own opposition to same-sex marriage. "When I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that," Pompeo told Sen. Cory Booker during his confirmation hearing last year, sparking criticism from LGBTQ rights campaigners.

And vice president Mike Pence—who recently spoke at a summit organized by the Family Research Council, which campaigners describe as an anti-LGBTQ extremist groupsaid on Monday that "having the one American flag fly is the right decision."

In comments attributed to the president released by the White House on June 1, Trump said his administration had launched a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality globally.

"As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions that LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation," the statement read. The month prior, Trump's controversial restrictions on transgender military personnel came into effect.

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In his June 9 sermon, E.W. Jackson loudly criticized diplomats who have allegedly defied the State Department restrictions on rainbow flags being displayed. E.W. Jackson/Facebook
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