If you thought that the furor over “Christian” bakers refusing to cater same-sex couples’ weddings was ridiculous, a story out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada really takes the cake.
Calgary’s annual Pride Festival kicks off on August 28. In celebration of the event, Calgary Transit has painted a bus in rainbow colors. Now, a bus driver, citing his strong “Christian” beliefs, says that he won’t drive the rainbow bus, even if it means losing his job.
Jesse Rau, who has been driving for Calgary Transit for about a year, told Canada’s CTV network,
“I’m concerned that if I say that this bus is against my beliefs that I might not have a job. I’m a Christian so, as a Christian, there are things like homosexuality that I just can’t condone. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, the accusation is that you hate the person.”
Rau says that if he is assigned to drive the bus, he will go to the dispatcher and ask to be given another bus.
This is the silliness that the whole “don’t make me participate in something I object to” nonsense that started with cakes for same-sex couples has devolved into. Note that Rau isn’t objecting to driving gay Calgarians and visitors, to Pride Festival events. He’s only objecting to transporting them in a rainbow-colored bus. And you can bet that as soon as they catch wind of it, the gang at Fox News will be traveling north of the border to report on how America’s “persecution” of Christians is spreading.
Like so many others who profess to be Christians, Rau doesn’t appear to know his Bible. Because if he did, he might be more comfortable with the rainbow bus. Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. The condemnation of homosexuality that so many so-called Christians use as a basis for their opposition to it comes from the Old Testament. So, what does the Old Testament say about the rainbow? The first mention of a rainbow is found in the very first book of the Bible: Genesis. And here is what it says:
“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature with you, for everlasting generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth . . . and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.’”
Yes, the gay pride movement has adopted the rainbow as a symbol. But according to the Bible, the original rainbow was a sign from god that he would never again destroy the world with a flood. You might think that someone who is apparently so familiar with what the book of Leviticus says about homosexuality would also be familiar with the significance of the rainbow in Judeo-Christian belief.
Here’s a report, from Canada’s CTV: