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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 10:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Every race and culture has it's own rainbow associations. To the Aboriginals it's the serpent creator god - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Serpent

Would they have seen Christians using the rainbow as cultural appropriation?

I think we all feel a sense of loss/discomfort when something we have as an image in our mind undergoes a cultural shift.

I remember when what originated as the CND (campaign for nuclear disarmament) symbol started to pick up all sorts of interpretations that felt disconcerting to me. (Not quite the same, but the example you're most likely to be familiar with)

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