Take Back The Rainbow?
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.
| December 16, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
Categories: Petri, That's awkward | Tags: gravitas, oops, rainbows
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