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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: 2017-04-04 02:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] delphipsmith
Partly, I expect, because the LGBTQ symbol represents something completely anathema to God's teachings.

Welllll...maybe. Some folks might have a different opinion on that ;)

In fact, there are very few symbols out there that carry only one meaning. The pentagram or pentacle has several different meanings, as do the swastika, the maltese cross, the infinity symbol, an inverted cross, the bald eagle, the Star of David -- even UT's "hook 'em horns" which is an old symbol for the Devil! If it's meaningful to you in a certain way, perhaps that's what really matters.

Date: 2017-04-04 10:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Absolutely. To me, the Star of David is the logo of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

It's what you get when you weave six longswords together in the traditional end of a longsword dance. http://southernstarlongsword.co.uk/

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