Thursday, May 3, 2012

Taking Back the Rainbow!

Joe My God brought the following piece of religious merchandise to my attention a few days ago. For six dollars, you can purchase a rainbow-colored "TAK-N BACK THE RAINBOW" plastic wristband from ex-gay activist Janet Boynes. Here is what Boyness has to say about this piece of merchandise:
After the great flood, God took the rainbow, a phenomenon, and made it his pledge. His covenant with all humankind, that "Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." Genesis 9:11
For too long, we have allowed the enemy to steal and destroy what God has given us. We are taking back the rainbow, taking back what rightly belongs to us. It is not a sign to represent the Homosexual community, it is a sign of God's loving grace towards us.
Which is silly. Nobody owns the rainbow. The rainbow is colored light. It's not something you can touch or possess. It just exists.


That's what I wrote about the rainbow two years ago in this blog post: Who Owns the Rainbow?

In that post, I talked about a woman who saw my rainbow fish bumper sticker and said she wished she could have a rainbow fish bumper sticker too, but she wouldn't get one because she didn't want people to mistake her for a lesbian. She was upset that gay people had stolen and ruined this previously untarnished Christian symbol (except for the times that it's used by Pagans or grieving pet owners).

Since then, a commenter expressed similar concerns in one of my blog articles and NOM ally, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute regularly wears a rainbow scarf if an effort to "get the rainbow back from gays."

There is no reason that the rainbow cannot share important symbolism for both Christians and LGBT people (or even Christian LGBT people!). Christians can believe that the rainbow is a symbol of God's promise to humanity that he won't bring back worldwide floods and LGBT people can use the rainbow to symbolize diversity and pride.

Here is my gay invitation to any and all Christians out there, gay-affirming or not: Wear your rainbow scarf along with your rainbow wristband. Get a rainbow fish bumper sticker and put it on your car. Proudly claim the rainbow as a symbol of your Christian faith and if someone asks you about it, use the opportunity to share your faith with others.

The rainbow is big enough for everyone to share. It's not just the Christians or the gays who see it off in the horizon after every rainstorm. The rainbow is for everyone.

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