Jewish Journal


June 12, 2011

Rainbows too politically charged for Catholic school


Unlike a bag of Skittles, Canadian schools are not tasting the rainbow. In fact, they’re straight discouraging the use of rainbows. Period.

Why? After all, rainbows are the sign of God’s covenant that he will never again flood the earth, right? Yes, but according to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic school board, rainbows are just too ... gay.

Here’s the story from Parent Central:

Rainbows — both in images and words — are being discouraged in some Catholic schools because they are seen as too politically charged for the anti-homophobia clubs that want to use them.

One Mississauga school told students not to put up a rainbow flag at a recent anti-homophobia event, so the students at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School baked rainbows into their cupcakes instead.

It’s a bit difficult to tell from this story, but what I gather is that there has been a push for clubs at Catholic high schools that combat homophobia. At the same time, the Catholic Church condemns homosexuality as sinful, so schools are finding themselves in a precarious position. The compromise has been groups like “Open Arms” at St. Joseph’s. As a board spokesman said:

“(The) rainbow is associated with the (gay) pride movement, and we certainly are looking for something as inclusionary as possible,” he said. “Open Arms, that type of reference is more preferable in our board.”

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