School Bans Rainbows in Canada: Catholics that Concerned with Gays?

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A Catholic school in Canada issued a ban on rainbows during their anti-homophobia event on June 3rd. Now, isn’t that just a wee bit ironic: an anti-homophobia event that was anti-rainbows?

Anyway, the St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School was issued the strict ban on rainbows by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board in Toronto. Why the ban? Well, the board felt rainbows were associated with Gay pride and there just couldn’t be any of that sort of stuff during their anti-homophobia event.

“Leanne Iskander, 16, founder of the school’s unofficial gay-straight alliance” stated, “We brought signs and posters with rainbows, and we were told that we can’t put them up. They said rainbows are associated with pride. There’s so many other things that a rainbow could be. It’s ridiculous.”

However, in the end, it was Iskander and his buddies who got the last laugh during the event. The baked rainbow-colored cupcakes and set them up in a rainbow of colorful displays. They were able to raise $200 by selling each cupcake for $0.50.

Leanne Iskander also said, “We asked if we could donate to the money to the Youth Line and the board said no. We were told to donate to Covenant House, a Catholic homeless shelter.”

Sadly, it seems that all Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board was able to do during St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School’s anti-homophobia event was show how homophobic they actually are. Seriously, who bans rainbows? Aren’t they suppose to be the Lord’s creation anyway?

Photo: Xtra.ca

© Evalynn J. Saeyang – Gather Inc. 2011

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