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Posted at 3:27 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Take Back The Rainbow?

By Alexandra Petri

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Even now, in the midst of all the hubbub over Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, based in San Diego, wants the rainbow back from the "Rainbow Coalition" of gay rights activists.

"We can't simply let that go by," she told OneNewsNow. "Families put rainbows in their children's nurseries. Little Christian preschools will have rainbows...Noah's Ark and all the animals.... Those are great Christian symbols, great Jewish symbols."

Dr. Morse also noted that she wore a rainbow scarf to the Prop 8 appeal hearings to symbolize that the rainbow belonged to everyone. I'm sure that wasn't confusing at all.

But I think she has a point: life must be difficult if you're a proponent of traditional marriage who happens to love rainbows.

"I'm wearing these to express disapproval for your way of life," you have to scream, whenever parades start moving towards you. "It's complicated!"

You hang giant rainbow flags outside your window at all times, because the rainbow played a prominent role in the Bible, but then you have to explain to people who show up expecting some sort of parade that not only did you not mean to welcome them, you actively disapprove of their very existence.

You hung a rainbow mobile over your son's crib for years, and he started to assume that you were a "cool mom" who would be okay with whoever he turned out to be. This was not accurate, and you had to sit him down and have The Talk about how this was not God's plan.

"Look, I love rainbows," you say. "I just hate that people see you wearing a rainbow and just assume you're tolerant. That's just so presumptuous. I mean, when I see a rainbow in the sky, I certainly don't think God is in favor of gay marriage."

But you don't give up hope. Surely someone out there understands! "Look," you say, "that club has a giant rainbow banner outside. Honey, let's go discuss Genesis with them!" A few minutes later you stumble out, sort of stunned. "Those women sure were tall," you mutter.

Now you've been reduced to hanging up drab, grayish flags in your children's rooms. "I wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea," you murmur. "I'll get the rainbow back soon, and we can finally have a rainbow-themed Lady Gaga barbecue party without strangers in leather pants giving us thumbs-ups."

The thing is, this woman has a point. Like the word "gay" itself, the rainbow these days doesn't mean what it used to. And if you are opposed to gay rights yet love rainbows, you are bound to get into situations. Knowing her luck, she probably also loves groups of lions and old-timey words for jollity.

I just hope she hasn't heard of Noah's Arc.

By Alexandra Petri  | December 16, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  gravitas, oops, rainbows  
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And the scarf wasn't even all that rainbow:

http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2010/12/on-neckwear-rainbows-and-right-but-you-didnt-ness.html

Posted by: goodasyou | December 16, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Dr Morse has enough on her plate contending with violating political campaign activity prohibition of section 501(c) (3) by intervening and participating in multiple candidate campaigns.

Pursuant to the federal tax code, as a charitable organization, the Ruth Institute may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. Violation of this prohibition can result in stiff penalties against the organization and its officials as well as potential revocation of its tax exempt status by IRS.

But NOM is no stranger to breaking state campaign laws.

Posted by: bobbarnes | December 16, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"You hung a rainbow mobile over your son's crib for years, and he started to assume that you were a "cool mom" who would be okay with whoever he turned out to be."
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Petri Dish & Milbank are clearly crack addicts. A BABY associates a rainbow mobile with sexual behavior? ROFLMAO @ brain damaged libs.

Posted by: illogicbuster | December 17, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey! They all stole the rainbow from Jesse Jackson, who started the "Rainbow Coalition" back in 1984 during his presidential campaign. You might say that the rainbow helped pave the way for the election of Barack Obama.

In his keynote speech at the Democratic convention, Jackson included lesbians and gays as part of the rainbow. Later, he merged the Rainbow Coalition with the modestly named, P.U.S.H. - People United to Save Humanity.

So the National Organization for Marriage(NOM) and its Ruth Institute can't claim exclusive rights to the rainbow.

I have a dream that one day people from all colors of the rainbow will sit down together and join... Rainbow/PUSHNOM.

Posted by: divtune | December 17, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Petri Dish & Milbank are clearly crack addicts. A BABY associates a rainbow mobile with sexual behavior? ROFLMAO @ brain damaged libs.
Posted by: illogicbuster
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It's illogical, Buster, to interpret a satirical statement literally. As for the crack brain damage:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-psychological-projection.htm

Posted by: divtune | December 17, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

No thanks we'll keep our Rainbow. You guys have your sheets with pointy hats in white, pink or lavender. Your choice.

Posted by: LOrion | December 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

No thanks we'll keep our Rainbow. You guys have your sheets with pointy hats in white, pink or lavender. Your choice.

Posted by: LOrion | December 17, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"No thanks we'll keep our Rainbow. You guys have your sheets with pointy hats in white, pink or lavender. "

OH JEZUS MOTHER MARIA YOU ARE SO RIGHT, THIS B---- BELONGS IN THE KKK.

Posted by: willemkraal | December 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

These mental ill, sociopaths that are drawn to dictatorships and fundamentalism do a wonderful job turning people away from their religion. which ironically, I thought was their purpose; to convert people. This has been going on throughout history. The 'Sermon on the Mount' is not awarded any attention or recognition for turning people to Christianity. Christianity was won with the sword, just like Jesus said it should be. Check out the following in a search: 'Theologians Under Hitler' and 'Constantines Sword'. The reason why so many conservative Christians claim to fear so many other groups of people is because they believe every other group acts the way they do; cruel, oppressive, hateful and un-American. I say line them all up and take them all out, but that is apparently against the law because some "Progressive-Liberal-Leftist-Enlightened-Humanist-Socialist" decided it wasn't entertainment to throw Christians to the lions. Some days I wish I could turn back time and change that, seeing as conservative Christians demonize all those who have actually been responsible for their ability to live in the USA and not be killed for their beliefs.

Posted by: cpmondello | December 17, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

LOrion ......sheeets with pointy hats was the uniform designed by and for the up and coming KKK ... which was started by and as the "enforcement" Unit of the Democratic Party. Bet you didn't know that!

Their job was to enforce the organization's discrimination by terror, against blacks and jews, and initially, everyone not a part of the Southern Democrat Party. Eventually it expanded to cover most of the nation.

KKK = Democrats. And that is why the late Democrat Senator Robert "KKK" Byrd who founded his own chapter, was truly unfit to serve in the Senate.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

cpmondello ... suggestion ... if you want people to read and react to your posts, try making them simple and understandable instead of rambling and confusing.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey! They all stole the rainbow from Jesse Jackson, who started the "Rainbow Coalition" back in 1984 during his presidential campaign. You might say that the rainbow helped pave the way for the election of Barack Obama.

Actually Gilbert Baker created the rainbow Flag used by the LGBT community in 1978

Posted by: kirkclinn | December 21, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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