Catholic School Bans Rainbow Flags From Anti-Homophobia Event


gay pride rainbowA school in Canada seems to be competing with Glee's fictional character Karofsky for most annoying homophobic behavior. In a nasty bait and switch, the Catholic school, St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, recently allowed its students involved in an "unofficial gay-straight alliance" (because official ones are banned) to hold an anti-homophobia event ... but THEN prohibited all rainbow banners and posters. Hissa-WHAT?! 

Oh yes, yes, as crazy as this is, it is true through and through! Ludicrous, right? Does that mean the school also has something against Rainbow Brite pictures hanging in lockers? Maybe color-coding notebooks or homework assignments are off-limits, too? And uh-oh, what happens if a science teacher dares explain the phenomenon in class? Heh.

Maybe. Because St. Joseph's says the rainbow is "associated with Pride."

Thankfully, the kids were able to circumvent the rainbow ban by baking multi-colors into cupcakes. But sadly, that's just the tip of the icing-berg.

Students were also told they could not distribute booklets discussing gender identity, harassment in sports, AIDS Awareness, or safe sex; they could not donate the money from their bake sale to an LGBT charity (funds had to go to a Catholic homeless charity instead); and they could not mention their school's name at a Pride Parade.

Wow. I'm surprised they're even allowed to attend a Pride Parade without being threatened with suspension or something. How completely sad.

The real irony here is that the school let the kids have an anti-homophobia event when all of their other actions seem to show that they're TERRIFIED of gay kids being and standing up for themselves. I mean, really -- if you're gonna be a hater, just go on and hate, will ya? Don't dangle a hopeful carrot of open-mindedness and then slam the door in these kids' faces, making them feel like wrongdoing outsiders! That's just sick.

The good news is that Leanne Iskander, founder of the unofficial group at the school, is keeping her head held high. She and fellow students will march in the parade and give out buttons to support GSAs. It seems like these kids are just letting their school's restrictions and hate further motivate them to spread their message. It makes me proud!

If you want to help these kids make a difference, you can donate to help them pay for the buttons.

What do you think about the Catholic school banning rainbows? How about everything else they won't allow the unofficial GSA to do?


Image via Charlie Nguyen/Flickr

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Veron... VeronicaTex

I am Roman Catholic.

We are taught to love the sinner, but not the sin.  Please do not understand me.  I do not hate anyone and never will.  However, I will remain firm that I believe that marriage is only for a man and woman.  

What is sad to me as an adult is that the Gay Pride movement has taken a symbol of the covenant that God made with man, that He would never destroy the earth by water again, and the rainbow is that sign.

I still very much believe in rainbows, their colors and what they used to represent.   Hope...

By the way, my comments are here to share.  I am not here to debate this issue.   Thank you for being respectful and understanding.

bills... billsfan1104

Why is it about hate when you disagree with the gay lifestyle for religious reasons?

David Migicovsky

Because people who think they have the right to pass judgement on others are filled with hate.

Serioiusly, billsfan, who asked you? I'm sure there's PLENTY about your life I'd find downright immoral and disgusting, but you don't see me supporting laws preventing you from living it as you see fit.

Until you can say the same about me, then it's all about hate.

God you self-righteous people really disgust me. You haven't the faintest clue about morality.

bills... billsfan1104

David, I have every right to ask the question. Who said anything about supporting laws preventing from you living?? I never said I was against or for anything. There are many many good and wonderful Christian people out there, who think that homosexuality is wrong, but they dont hate or dislike the person. bECAUSE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN YOU, doesnt make them hateful or ignorant. maybe if you debate without all the venom, maybe you can get somewhere with people who dont believe in your lifestyle.

butte... butterflymkm

I think the whole thing is dumb. They shouldn't have allowed it in the first place if they were going to pull a bait & switch. If this was something my child was passionate about (and I hope she is!) I would pull her from the school. It's not like people don't know that Catholics in general are against homosexuality. As a parent and a proud gay rights supporter I would simply take my kids to other events after school hours or enroll them in a different school. I think it's sad that people are still not accepting of homosexuals but those people are free to think what they wish.

bills... billsfan1104

BUtterfly, so are Baptists, Mormons, Muslims, Pentecostal, etc etc etc. they are all against homosexuality(the act, not the person). But I personally think that if people engage in a debate that is informative and not slamming each other and calling people names(on both sides), or like David did, I think we can get further along.

Abby Lynch

This is why I respect the hell out of Billsfan. Even though we have completely different views on pretty much everything, she has never been hateful or disrespectful and has always been kind to me.

As for gay rights as I am, I don't think it is so shocking or a sign of hate that the school wouldn't allow them to pass out literature on safe sex or AIDS or gender identity. It goes what they teach. I don't agree with the school, but I can see their side of the situation.

butte... butterflymkm

Bills I would say the institutions of those religions are against, not all the individual members per se. I speak from experience, went to a catholic grade school and pentacostal high school. Which is why I say no one should have been surprised. That is one of the main reasons that despite possible superior education I will not send my children to a religious school. For the record I did enjoy catholic grade school but I hated pentacostal high school. Even though I was a good kid who never did anything wrong they tried to kick me out, said I was warping the young minds lol

Troys... TroysMommy1220

They shouldn't have allowed the event in the first place.

I'm fine with people being against homosexuality if it's for deep religious reasons, but not with hate. When it comes to hate and intolerance thats where they cross the line for me. MANY stringent Christians are INTOLERANT not just against the act of homosexuality. If you don't agree with being a homosexual, thats fine, don't be one...but don't tell anyone else how they should live their lives, that includes getting married.

bills... billsfan1104

AWWWW BUtterfly, who would want to kick you out?? My kids go to a private high school and grade school. Both of them catholic. I love their schools. Only because they focus on education.

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