Catholic school bans rainbows
It's a pity, this. There was a time when 'gay' meant 'happy', Abba was cool, Kylie was a c-list soap star and rainbows were a symbol of God's covenant with every living thing (Gen 9:13).
The school - St Joseph's Catholic Secondary School in Ontario - has banned all manifestations of light spectrums from its premises because 'rainbows are associated with Pride'. His Grace isn't entirely sure what a 'Gay-Straight Allaince' (GSA) is, but this school apparently had an unofficial one, of which devout staff did not approve. It doesn't appear to be pro-homosexuality, but concerned instead with preventing expressions of hatred or 'homophobia'.
What on earth could possibly be wrong with that?
The children managed to raise $200 from a cake sale, but were then banned from donating the money to a charity to help gay teenagers. Instead, they were obliged to donate the funds to a Catholic homeless shelter.
Incredibly, the local Catholic District School Board chair Alice Anne LeMay has made it known that the board 'doesn’t allow Nazi groups either. Gay-straight alliances are banned because they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church'.
When you start banning rainbows in order to stop schoolchildren from speaking up for what they believe, it is time to leave education. When you start banning children from expressing compassion and support for any persecuted minority group, it is time to leave the Church.