Monday, July 31, 2017

Culturally Appropriating Rainbows?

“I found it quite disheartening to read that Ken Ham of the Ark Encounter is trying to poison the original intent of the rainbow…”

Apparently, Christians stole the rainbow from the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ community.

And wait! It gets worse! Not only have they stolen the symbol, they’ve poisoned its original intent!!! The scoundrels!

“Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.” Oh yes, cultural appropriation of the highest order.

Remember that scene from The Princess Bride when Wesley, having defeated the swordsman and the giant, finally catches up to Vizzini and Buttercup? That’s a perfect summation of the situation. “You’re trying to kidnap what I’ve rightfully stolen.”

Crazy though it may seem, rainbows predate the modern LGBT movement. And, as it turns out, it’s an image that has held significant symbolism for many a people these past few thousand years. One of those groups being… *drumroll *…. Christians!

"I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth… And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh." 
- Genesis 9:13

According to the Genesis account, the rainbow was the physical symbol of the Noahic covenant, wherein God promised Noah and his family that he wouldn’t wipe all life from the face of the earth again via giant, global flood. The book of Genesis, according to even the most conservative scholars, is at least 3,000 year old. That is, of course, debated.

But while the age of the text of Genesis is debated, there are some artifacts in existence today known as “flannel graphs.” Now, this is speculative, but some experts, using carbon dating, have suggested that flannel graph rainbows used in ancient churches called “Sunday Schools” may just possibly predate the rainbow flag developed by Gilber Baker in 1978.

Fascinating, yes.

If true, this may (and I must emphasize that this is speculative) indicate that the LGBTQ community actually appropriated the flag from the Judeo-Christian community first.

The more you know…


  1. ...I see an LGBT rainbow tag and I remind myself that only God can make the real thing as beautiful as He does.