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Saw this on twitter this morning:

Cultural appropriation of rainbow

Of course, everyone is mocking the original tweet, but it did get me thinking. Because, as a Christian, it has annoyed me for a long time that I can no longer use a rainbow as a symbol of God's love. Because the symbol is more commonly recognised in these times, as belonging to another group, symbolising something completely different. And that makes it feel like it has been stolen. Is that cultural appropriation? I'm not sure that it is; after all, the rainbow is up there in the sky, and people have used it before the LGBTQ movement to symbolise other things, such as ending racial discrimination. So why do I feel as if it has been stolen? Partly, I expect, because the LGBTQ symbol represents something completely anathema to God's teachings. Other uses of the rainbow haven't been for something hostile to Christianity. Does that hostility make it cultural appropriation? I don't know. It is something, but I'm not sure whether "cultural appropriation" is the right term for it.

Hey, thoughtful people, what do you think?

Date: 2017-04-03 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reynardo.livejournal.com
The rainbow is the symbol of a lot of people, not just the LGBTQI +and not just those who follow the Old Testament.

It's the Chakras in Hinduism, and also the Bow of Indra. It's the Amuesha (Peruvian) method of transporting diseases. And to the Indigenous Australians, it's the Rainbow Serpent, in charge of water and the passage of time. So it's been adopted by many cultures, as well as the Judaeo-Christian ones.

To the LGBTQI+ community, it's a symbol of inclusion, and a dream of a world where there's no discrimination and violence based on your gender, preferences or sex. To those who follow the Judeao-Christian God, it's a sign that he won't destroy the earth again.

So if you want to hold onto your definition of it, there's no reason not to. If you want to make a distinction, just go with a rainbow with more than 6 colours. Great-Uncle Isaac believed in 7, so perhaps go with that?

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