The following letter went out to all NASA employees:
I’m not focusing on the merits of the Administrator’s statements. I’m just wondering about the appropriateness of NASA’s Administrator taking it upon himself to be an LGBT spokesperson, broadcasting those views on NASA’s behalf to the entire NASA community. I was under the impression that NASA was concerned with Air and Space, not social policy. Silly me.
UPDATE: Am I the only one who finds it amusing that NASA, of all the available government organizations, has taken upon itself the task of both LGBT and Muslim outreach? It’s hard to imagine two more different constituencies.
UPDATE II: At Snapped Shot, you can see how the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is celebrating this month.
I should add here that I’m not trying to be homophobic in any way. I just think that the mission of NASA should be space, and the Customs and Border Protection Agency should be focusing on our border. I’d be equally peeved if both organizations spent ridiculous amounts of time and money, not to mention cluttering up their employee’s offices and email boxes, with posters raving about Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or any other calendar moment. It’s one thing to make an inclusive work place. It’s another thing for federal agencies to go far beyond their original/intended mandate.