Is it sacrilegious to step on a rainbow flag?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s talk about love…

I shared some photos from a visit to Atlanta in a chat group, including the following:

A friend who lives in San Francisco:

This is hateful and disrespectful, because people step on the flag with their feet.

If we accept that Rainbow Flagism is a religion and, therefore, that the rainbow flag is a religious symbol, why is it okay to step on the flag?

Sign on a restaurant door (Flying Biscuit) at the same intersection, noting that the door “stays locked for safety purposes” (but it is wrong for nearby Buckhead to try to secede from Atlanta and run its own police!):

The free newspaper offers by Caribou Coffee (in the above photo):

The Waffle House where we ended up because it was impractical to get a table at the Flying Biscuit:


5 thoughts on “Is it sacrilegious to step on a rainbow flag?

  1. As a resident rainbow scholar I must protest again that the colors are fenced in (and presumably oppressed) by White stripes. Stepping on the rainbow would fit into that picture.

    I’ll open an equitable rainbow consultancy and get rich.

  2. Stepped on the one in San Francisco. Thought of it more as artwork than political. A real commitment to LGBTQIA+ would be an LED crosswalk with gay voiceovers. This paint business is softball.

  3. People walked all over this official logo in Washington DC. Who thought it was disrespectful? We know that Toucan Sam would have walked on it if he’d been there – he doesn’t care about Black Lives Matter! even when painted in 35 foot tall yellow letters beneath his feet!

    “The plaza was renamed by Mayor Muriel Bowser on June 5, 2020, after the Department of Public Works painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in 35-foot (11 m) yellow capital letters, along with the flag of Washington, D.C., during the series of George Floyd protests, riots and vandalism that were taking place in Washington, D.C.[4][5][6]”

  4. I also thought that these kinds of urban pride displays were aligned with cutting-edge schools of urban planning and reclamation, endorsed and promulgated by people like Mike Bloomberg (and many others) to reimagine urban spaces and reclaim them for pedestrians, while celebrating the local community. If it’s hateful and disrespectful, shouldn’t someone protest the rationale and the City that allowed it, not the people who just have to use it and accept it to get around on?

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