There is just no end to the arrogance, stupidity and pettiness of extremists on the religious right. Now NOM is insisting that the LGBT movement has "wrongfully appropriated" the symbol of the rainbow. No doubt they're outraged by the latest rainbow thing going viral on the Web -- that one that celebrates the end of DADT. According to NOM, the rainbow should rightfully be belong to Prop 8 supporters and Religious Right activists because "the rainbow is a sign of God's covenant with man." According to NOM, "a rainbow coalition of people of every creed and color" is moving to stop the "gathering storm" of gay-rights advocates.
Well, good luck to ya, all you Xrighters, in your war to "take back the rainbow."
The rainbow belonged to the Jews, and their own concept of a covenant, for thousands of years before Christians came along. And the world over, many Jews support human rights for LGBT people because they know what it means to be persecuted.
Digging deeper into our Western cultural roots, I find rainbows in the myths of pre-Christian Greeks and Romans. Looking further, across the Americas, I see the rainbow in Navajo sand paintings and Hopi kachinas. I see it in ledger art of the Plains Tribes. Indeed, indigenous peoples of our own continents have been celebrating the rainbow for countless thousands of years -- on their pottery, in their ancient rock art. And they continue to do it today, with rainbows on their tribal flags, their jewelry, their own political symbols.
Further still -- the rainbow has been alive and well in Asia. China, for instance, where they had a ceremonial Rainbow Dance and their ancient "rainbow callibraphy." In Australia and West Africa, the great "rainbow serpent" is something like a universal dragon to be celebrated by indigenous peoples.
I could go on and on with examples. In fact, scholars have written weighty tomes about the rainbow as a spiritual and cultural force around the world.
As to Rainbow Coalitions today, that political idea has proliferated too -- far beyond the X right's petty notion that they have a right to control it. Whether it's the Rainbow Warrior ship operated by Greenpeace, or the Rainbow Push Coalition run by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
So good luck, you NOMers, in your efforts to pry our fingers loose from the rainbow. You'll have to pry loose a lot of other fingers too -- billions of them, in fact. Rainbows are found all over the world. They've have been coming and going with the stormclouds ever since there were human eyes and human spirits around to look at them. Rainbows belong to everybody. They're needed by everybody.
If humans have a right to any one thing, they have a right to rainbows, no matter what their ideology or philosophy is. When everything else can be taken from us, and often is, we humans need a rainbow. We always have...and we always will.