(PatrioticPost.com)- The US State Department defended its decision to provide a $10,000 grant to an international queer film festival in Portugal that featured movies depicting incest and pedophilia.
After Republican Senator Marco Rubio raised questions about the grant in July, the State Department sent a letter to Rubio defending its decision, saying it “strongly supports protecting and promoting the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons” around the world.
Claiming to support “freedom of expression,” the State Department argued in the letter that it does not “censor our grantee’s content or products.”
But this grant is just the latest example of how the Biden State Department has abandoned traditional diplomacy to push the administration’s radical social agenda.
Senator Rubio told the Washington Free Beacon that the State Department is “abusing taxpayer funds to push a radical woke agenda” rather than using its diplomats to focus on “combating rogue regimes” like China, Russia, or Iran.
Back in July, Rubio questioned the State Department’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley about the $10,000 grant, demanding to know how promoting a Portuguese “drag queen film festival” advances US national interests. Abercrombie-Winstanley was either unwilling or unable to answer the question.
The film festival grant was part of the Biden administration’s broader effort to “support LGBTQI+ and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility efforts” abroad.
According to the State Department, the annual event is “one of the most popular LGBTQI+ film festivals in Europe since 1997.”
With this grant, US taxpayers supported the screening of a documentary about drag culture in New York City, a film about incest between twins, and another film about a Jewish teenager who leaves home for New York City and includes a scene where he has sex with an adult bartender.
In defending the grant, the State Department told Senator Rubio that the money was part of its “overall Public Diplomacy engagement” between the US and Portugal to support “our shared values on human rights and social inclusion of LGBTQI+ persons,” while also pushing the Biden administration’s “overall diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts.”