The Waterloo District Catholic School Board refused to fly the rainbow Pride flag at their schools during June, LGBTQ+ Month. Ho-Hum, same-old – same-old. There are 37 area Catholic boards in Ontario, and only one of them, the Sudbury one, did so.
Last year’s chairman of the board – a very capable administrator – resigned from the board when his term ended, because he could not stand to work with these narrow-minded bigots. The most outspoken – a man – thundered that he would not allow the Pride flag to be flown, because Pride is the greatest sin in the Bible!
There are 7 Deadly Sins listed in the Bible, none of them marked as more serious than any other. The resigned resigner publicly pointed out that the “Biblical” sin of pride is the rejection of the power and wisdom of God, and believing that one is as smart and strong as Him. It has nothing to do with LGBTQ+ gay Pride. Either the intolerant bigot is intentionally lying, or, he does not know/understand the basic positions of his religion.
If this was all that (didn’t) happened, it wouldn’t even be news. It would just be Catholic ‘Business As Usual,’ but the board really put their foot in it. While they wouldn’t fly the rainbow Gay Pride flag – against the recommendations of the Catholic School Teachers Federation and several student organizations, they designed their own “Pride Flag,” and summarily announced that it would fly during June.
The local media reported on this, and suddenly it went viral and global. The local newspaper went from days when there were no Op-Ed letters, to 6 and 7 a day about this for a week, on both sides. Letters with captions like
Alternative Pride flag a creative attempt to embrace inclusivity
No, it’s not, and I’ll explain why, below.
Catholic trustee should be able to speak his mind
Yes he should. No-one suggested that he couldn’t, but the rest of us should be free to point and call him a bigot.
Don’t criticize Catholics for not flying Pride flag
Why not??! Are they being loving and inclusive?
The rainbow Pride flag should not fly at schools
Perhaps not, but that’s the smaller side of this controversy.
Dissenters are bullied in discussion of Pride flag
Told that they are arrogant assholes, suddenly ‘Good Christians’ are being bullied. 😥
Rainbow flag celebrates freedom from persecution
And yet, the Board still wants to play “My Way Or The Highway.”
Clearing up controversy by properly defining “Pride”
His definition, almost word-for-word, echoes that of the ex-chairman, explaining the mistake, and yet he still wants to fly the board’s alternative flag. The only positive to his letter is that, at least he’s not a hypocrite. He is intolerant, prejudiced, dogmatic, and proud of it.
A number of the Catholic commenters wanted to support intolerant Church tenets, yet not appear too judgmental and small-minded themselves. There were many references to ‘loving, acceptant, and inclusive, about the use of the Catholic flag version, but these words only relate when they apply to others, as they are, and under the symbol that they have chosen for themselves. It is not ‘loving, acceptant, and inclusive,’ if it is only done under your rules and restrictions.
This sad fiasco has not really been about LGBTQ+, or gay rights, or the rainbow flag, or its distressing replacement. It has been a power struggle, about militant Catholicism and control, in which EVERYBODY lost, but the Church lost most of all. Because of the public scrutiny and controversy, the Catholic Board decided that no flag would fly, including their own design. I wait to see next year, if it gets unfurled again. 😛 🙄
The mayor of the township which abuts our cities’ western edge, also refused to allow the rainbow Pride flag to be flown from any Township building. His ‘justification’ was that, no two lesbians can produce children, and no two homosexuals can produce children, therefore, ‘If we encourage this sort of thing, this will be the last generation of humans on Earth.’
What disturbs me, as often and as much as the bigoted intolerance and misrepresentation, is the (often intentional) ignorance [lack of easily gained knowledge] and stupidity [misinterpretation of easily understood facts.]