This Christmas, let’s reclaim the Rainbow

In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.”

In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started:

An activist fighting for traditional marriage in California is urging Christians to reclaim the rainbow from homosexual-rights activists who have hailed the symbol as their icon of “gay” pride.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the San Diego-based Ruth Institute rightly argues that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with man, and she says proponents of Proposition 8 – California’s measure that passed in 2008 to define marriage as between a man and a woman — are the original “rainbow coalition.” [Continue reading...]

As Dr. Morse points out, the rainbow in Christianity symbolizes the first covenant God made with man during the time of Noah. At Christ’s nativity, that covenant was fulfilled with the advent of the promised Messiah – Emmanuel – God with us.

I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy this year responding to the threats posed by the homosexual movement because this movement is attempting to systematically reshape and fundamentally alter the Christian message (see, for instance, Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, “May your Christmas be Catholic and gay“).

In fact I believe it’s doing something worse: the “gay pride” movement is selling Christ short. It says there is an aspect of humanity that we don’t want Christ to heal and redeem. It says that Christ is welcome to come and save us, but only on our terms.

But that’s not the way it works. In fact, all of human history before and after the Incarnation demonstrates that humanity isn’t capable of saving itself without His grace, and can’t find a way to perfect happiness without following the path He makes for us.

I like that the rainbow, in most of the world, is still the symbol of peace. God became man to give the world His peace. Peace understood not simply as an absence-of-conflict, but as a fullness-of-presence: peace means that all is right between man and his fellow man, and between mankind and our Creator.

Because this is what peace really is, I hope you can see why I think having the rainbow only symbolize “gay pride” sells us all short.

So next year, and in this season of praying for peace, let’s begin to take back the rainbow.

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  1. [...] activists were upset that Dr. Jenny Morse of the Ruth Institute decided to wear a rainbow scarf? I suggested that we should take back the rainbow (“TBTR”), and made the point that to many the rainbow [...]

  2. TexBear says:

    This has got to be the silliest thing I’ve read in years.

  3. john says:

    all homo acts are sins…

  4. GREG SMITH says:

    VERMONT CRANK: 1) I know what the Body of Christ is, but practicaly, what is Chrisenndom in the 21st Century? NATO plus Turkey? 2) I googled” Objective Universal Code of Morals” and coulden’t find a reference. Dito on the index in the Catechism. What is it?

    1. Vermont Crank says:

      Sadly, Christendom has been essentially reduced to the Domestic Church where it remains alive in many families – especially those families most hated by modernity – Traditional Catholics.++++++++++++++++++++++++

      As to the OUCM, it is just my acronym that identifies the Natural Law our Creator imprinted on our Souls (Romans 2:14).+++++++++++++++++++

      One can read about The OUCM in the Old Catholic Encyclopedia online for free in the entry, “Natural Law” or one could pick-up and read the 99 page C.S. Lewis classic, “The Abolition of Man,” which is summarised at this link++++++++

      http://www3.dbu.edu/naugle/pdf/3303_handouts/abolition_summary.pdf

  5. Phil says:

    Two questions:

    1. Do non-Catholics have a _right_ not to be Catholic? (And, do they have the same right not to their religious or non-religious beliefs that Catholics have?)

    2. What symbol do you propose should be used by the LGBT community to represent gay pride?

    Using language that Christians and Catholics should “fight the culture war” strongly suggests that you don’t firmly believe in other people’s right not to be Christian.

    1. Andy K. says:

      Hi Phil,

      In response to your questions:

      1)Yes and yes. Catholic believe in religious freedom (though you’re bound to find those in certain sectors who disagree). You can read Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom for more info.

      2) I’m of the opinion that symbols have their own inherent meaning; we can substitute our own meanings for them (as the LGBT community has for the rainbow, though they are hardly the first group to use a well-known symbol for the furthering of their particular goals), but the inherent meaning is still there. I frankly think Dr. Morse is right that Christians would do well to supplant the currently mainstream identification of the rainbow with the LGBT cause; in the battle for conversion of hearts and minds and souls, we’re better off trying to “beat the other side at its own game” rather than whining and moping. It also leaves the general public to decide which symbolism becomes “mainstream.” Very populist :)

      Also, how does “fighting a culture war” show that anyone is intolerant of somebody’s else’s right to religious freedom?

      1. Greg Smith says:

        Andy – I’m sorry to say your whole direction makes me very sad. We have so many things to do in our Church (The vocations crisis being perhaps the most long range in terms of our future) to glibly talk about a culture “war” where we have proclaimed perhaps 10% of the population to be the “other side” to “beat”, which happens to include my nephew, the nice jewish lesbian couple with two kids next door and cousens-by-the dozens, is too much for me to bear. Let’s leave that garbage to Pat Robertson and the other fndementalist Protestants who, in mamy cases, don’t like Catholics, gay or straight.

      2. Phil says:

        Also, how does “fighting a culture war” show that anyone is intolerant of somebody’s else’s right to religious freedom?

        Well, let’s think about that question, Andy K. Consider a hypothetical person. Let’s call him “Gary.” Gary is not Catholic. He has no desire to be Catholic. Perhaps Gary is atheist, perhaps he’s Unitarian. Whatever the case, Gary is gay, and his expression of his sexuality is entirely consistent with his own religious beliefs. He’s proud, and he sports a rainbow bumper sticker on his car. Now, you’re saying, and Thomas Peters is saying, that you want to “fight the culture war” with Gary. For Gary, being an out, proud gay man is consistent with his religion. So if you are “fighting” a “war” with Gary because your religion disapproves of his religious beliefs, how is that consistent with being tolerant of his religion? … The “right to live your life freely” and the “right to prevent others from living their lives freely” are not equal sides of the same coin, any more than “the right to oppress” and “the right to be free from oppression” are equal positions. Can you see that? If you are declaring war on someone else’s religious beliefs, then you aren’t supporting religious freedom. You’re fighting against religious freedom.

        1. Andy K. says:

          I am beginning to see the problem with identifying the call for societal renewal a culture “war” now. It does indeed send a bad message to those we intend to convert to Christ.

          That being said, “religious freedom” doesn’t equate to “live your life freely” in the John Stuart Millian sense of the word. If someone’s religion includes, say, stealing from their next-door neighbor everyday, we would be morally sick to allow such a religion to be practiced. As gay pretend marriage is something morally wrong in esse, we can’t tolerate it under the banner of “religious freedom” for this selfsame reason.

          The problem, obviously, is that those who support gay marriage see nothing wrong with their position – indeed, they see their position as morally righteous. That perspectives and worldviews are different, however, has no impact on the truth value of the claims at stake. Gay marriage is wrong. We must fight it. .

          1. GREG SMITH says:

            Andy: You write “Gay Mariage is wrong and we” (I presume here you mean ‘we’ the Catholic Church)must fight it.” Yes, but “we” are also “fighting” Civil Unions, Immegration legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to be bring foreign partners to the US, and even – and I can’t believe this – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. If I were looking at this from the outside, didn’t know about CCC 2358, the leadership Catholic healthcare and social services took in the AIDS epidemic etc, etc. I’d conclude that the American Church is alowing the Fundementalist Protestants to do our thinking for us on gay issues and “we” want to make life as hard as possible for LGBT people

          2. Phil says:

            If someone’s religion includes, say, stealing from their next-door neighbor everyday, we would be morally sick to allow such a religion to be practiced.

            I’m with you there. As I suggested, “the right to oppress” and the “the right to be free from oppression” are not equal positions. “The right to steal” is not equal to “the right not to be stolen from.” When there is a conflict between two beliefs, it makes sense that the resolution is to find a path that allows both parties to live their lives freely without being impeded by the other party.

            As gay pretend marriage is something morally wrong in esse, we can’t tolerate it under the banner of “religious freedom” for this selfsame reason.

            Your religious beliefs are that same-sex marriage is wrong, and other people believe that it is right. But don’t pretend that “the right to prevent other people’s marriages” ought to be valued just the same as “the right to marry.” So either you believe that same-sex marriage will directly cause negative effects which are empirically measurable, or you’re saying that your religious beliefs should trump other people’s religious beliefs as a matter of law. Can you describe the measurable, objective effects that you perceive to be a direct result of legal same-sex marriage?

            That perspectives and worldviews are different, however, has no impact on the truth value of the claims at stake.

            Unless you believe it is right for the government to determine whether your religious beliefs are true or untrue, then the “truth value” of a religious belief is irrelevant. What matters is that someone else believes it to be true.

    2. Vermont Crank says:

      “What symbol do you propose should be used by the LGBT community to represent gay pride”++++++++++++++++++++

      Pride in perversion is a vice not a virtue and it ought not be celebrated in any fashion. Lust is a deadly sin that makes us spiritually blind.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      In Collosians, Paul tells us; “Therefore, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above; where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God: Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead; and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear, who is your life, then you also shall appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols.”+++++++++++++++++

      The idea that one ought adopt a symbol signifying one’s attachment to Sin is an idea that can only have come from Satan.++++++++ Christian members of “Courage” are those who are admirable, not those whose, literally, stage haughty Parades celebrating their vice.+++++++++++++++

      “Using language that Christians and Catholics should “fight the culture war” strongly suggests that you don’t firmly believe in other people’s right not to be Christian.”++++++++++++++++++++++

      Christian Catholics are the original, and continuing, Christians. We Christian Catholics follow Christ in the Church He established (Matt 16:18).++++++++++++++

      I do not believe in anyone’s right” not to be a member of the Church Jesus established anymore than I believe that in the time of Noe men had a “right” not to repent and be saved.++++++++++++++++++The Catholic Church is established by Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, and it is the Ark of Salvation and while men have Free Will in regards to whether or not they will enter the Ark, it can not be said to be a “right” because it is God’s Will that all men be saved (and all rights come from god); but, as St Augustine taught – The God who created us without our consent will not save us without our cooperation.+++++++++++++++++++++++

      Enough about the Pride and rights of those shackled in the chains of Lust. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Peter, the first Pope, all began their Ministries by calling for repentance.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “John was in the desert baptizing, and preaching the baptism of penance, unto remission of sins……And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel…But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”

      1. Phil says:

        Vermont Crank writes:

        The idea that one ought adopt a symbol signifying one’s attachment to Sin is an idea that can only have come from Satan.

        Ah, but what if someone isn’t a Catholic, and they firmly believe that their sexual orientation is not Sin? Should we fight a culture war with them, so that Catholicism (or our approved forms of Christianity) can stomp out their beliefs? Perhaps we could hold people’s heads under water until they recant their sinful beliefs? Maybe we could imprison people who hold beliefs that aren’t consistent with Catholicism? Perhaps we could use our votes to use the force of law to enforce Catholic beliefs? Surely, if we empower our police to use their guns to punish non-Catholic behaviors, that’s okay with God, because we’re only making sure people do the right thing..right?

        1. Vermont Crank says:

          “Ah, but what if someone isn’t a Catholic, and they firmly believe that their sexual orientation is not Sin? Should we fight a culture war with them,”+++++++++++++

          Yes. Well, actually, we’d only be fighting back in the Homosexuals war against what remains of Christendom.+++++ What Homosexuals do is sinful and it is a transgression of the Objective Universal Code of Morals (OUCM) that is not only a part of Creation; Our Creator imprinted the OUCM on our souls at each of our individual creations. ++++++
          Few alive today are those who advance the idea that robbing a Liquor Store is merely another way for a man to acquire money for the necessities of life and not a sin or transgression of the OUCM but a whole lot of people have been homosexualised to the point were they think that homosexual sex is not a sin and that they are being mean or cruel or totalitarian if they object to sexual perversion being granted exemption from the OUCM while they do not grant exemptions to any other category of sin.+++++++++++++++ In that, they are simpatico with Homosexualism in that we are to pretend that such sex is neither perverted or sinful but a legitimate expression of love. But that is just another way of believing in Perverted Sex Uber Alles+++++++++++++++++++++++

          A major reason so many Christian Catholics have been homosexualised is the failure of the Catholic Church to confront sexual perversion head-on.+++++ There are more people who believe in The Flying Spaghetti Monster then there are Christian Catholics who have heard their Priests declaim about the evils of homosexual perversion even though homosexual pervert Priests have decimated Holy Mother Church with their sex crimes, ruined the Faith of countless adolescent males, and cost the Catholic Church in America scores of billions of dollars, and ruined our reputation.++++++++++++++++Homosexual sex has always been sinful. Homosexual sex is sinful today. And Homosexual Sex will remain sinful until The Parousia.

  6. Vermont Crank says:

    This is a splendid idea, Mr. Peters, and kudos to Dr. Morse for initiating it. There seems to be quite a bit of animosity against that idea in here – look at the number of “dislikes” on Dr. Morse’s post.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Those opposed to Christians taking-back this symbol, those opposed to Christians fighting the culture war, have already surrendered to the enemies of what used to be called Christendom and, for them, that may seem a defensible position- but it certainly is not a normative Christian position that ought be urged on other Christians.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    More and more there are hopeful signs that Christians are taking the decision to take-back their culture and the reality that many Christians find that nettlesome is a problem they must search their own souls about++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I am not demanding those Christians join with we Christians who are taking-back our culture but couldn’t they at least not attack us who are?+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Apparently not. They are willing to fight; they will fight The Camp of the Saints who have not entered the Camp of the Surrendered.++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wisdom 18 – “For while all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, Thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne, as a fierce conqueror into the midst of the land of destruction.”+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We Christians do not worship a God who has surrendered.

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