Want irony? Burning the U.S. flag is still protected under the First Amendment as “symbolic speech.” But try burning the notorious rainbow flag of the so-called “LGBTQIA community,” as Chicago priest Fr. Paul Kalchik just did? Your cardinal-archbishop, Blase Cupich, will try to burn you.
Coverage of Kalchik’s brave act and Cupich’s vindictive response is elsewhere — but let’s look at the rainbow flag itself and the diabolical and mocking message that its inclusion on a banner also featuring the very cross of Jesus Christ Himself is really communicating.
Did you know the rainbow flag was first adopted as a symbol for “gay pride” by way of a San Francisco artist named Gilbert Baker, who crafted the symbol at the behest of gay icon Harvey Milk, who himself, notoriously, is said to have had a 16-year-old boy as his live-in lover in the 1960s?