Yesterday I told you about an upcoming gay pride parade in Stockholm that’s raising the ire of both Muslims and, strangely enough, gay rights activists. You see, it’s racist for gays to flaunt their fabulousness in front of religious people, unless they’re Christians.
With that in mind, I’ll need some help doing the identity-politics calculus on the following item. Marcella Corona and Anjeanette Damon, Reno Gazette-Journal:
An LGBT flag was flown over Reno City Hall over the weekend instead of the American flag, sparking an apology from Mayor Hillary Schieve Monday morning…
“I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset,” Schieve said in the statement. “I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately…”
Schieve, who participated in the gay pride events on Saturday, said she made the request that the rainbow pride flag be hung at city hall but never asked for it to replace the U.S. Flag.
I did not order the American flag to be taken down over City Hall. My heartfelt apologies. pic.twitter.com/aeSgLMS0Q9
— Mayor HillarySchieve (@MayorSchieve) July 27, 2015
So, is this… good? Bad? The rainbow flag might have offended any Muslims who saw it, so that’s bad. But putting it up in place of the American flag offended patriots, Christians, conservatives, and other people who aren’t the designated victims, so that’s good.
It’s so confusing. How about a compromise? Just replace ’em both with this one:
That’ll offend everybody equally!