Outlook Ohio News: Owning The Rainbow Flag

Our favorite Christian park and Ark Encounter in Kentucky is back in the news with time with a campaign to “Take The Rainbow Back.”  For those unfamiliar with the park in Kentucky, they have built a life size ark complete with Unicorns and dinosaurs.

 

First let’s be clear, the LGBTQIA community has never owned the rainbow.  We have several flags that represent our community.

A bit of History.

The first gay pride flag flew over The Gay Freedom Parade in San Francisco on June 25, 1978.   The flag was created by Gilbert Baker, after a meeting with Harvey Milk, who suggested that Baker create a symbol for the community.  It has been suggested that the death of Judy Garland, her song “Over the Rainbow” and the Stonewall riots inspired Gilbert in his design.

The following is a chart that explains what each color of the pride flag represents.

Color Meaning
Hot pink Sexuality
Red Life
Orange Healing
Yellow Sunlight
Green Nature
Turquoise Magic/art
Indigo/blue Serenity/harmony
Violet Spirit

 

In a statement on the Ark Projects website they have posted the following statement.

Taking the Rainbow Back!

In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent something far different. To many people it means freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement. Indeed when the US Supreme Court legalized gay “marriage” last year, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors and released a statement saying,

Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. . . . The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.

But the rainbow itself wasn’t designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride, or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever.

Sadly, people ignore what God intended the rainbow to represent and proudly wave rainbow-colored flags in defiance of God’s command and design for marriage. Because of this, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colors. But the rainbow was a symbol of God’s promises before the LGBTQ movement—and will continue to be after that movement has ended. As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our young people its true meaning. Source

The LGBTQIA community does not own the rainbow and we do not mind sharing a symbol of hope and community, however, if you want to try to own the rainbow we say, “Game On.”

You can support the pride flag through Stonewall Columbus and the Banner Project.   https://www.stonewallcolumbus.org/bannerproject/

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