In Cornwall, the southwestern peninsula of England, a gay pride disco party has been canceled, the organizers told that they can’t dance because the event was scheduled on the Christian holiday Good Friday.
The idea of gay pride might bother some people in the village of St. Agnes, the event organizers were told. So what are the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered residents of Cornwall supposed to do on Good Friday? Hold a gay shame event?
If observers of Good Friday don’t want to celebrate gay pride, they don’t have to. No one is telling them that they do, but banning someone else’s gay pride event is another matter.
The fact that a popular gay pride event could be planned on a Good Friday shows that many people in that Cornwall village are no longer celebrating the holiday. Yet, those people who are still active Christians in the town still expect their practices to be put high on a pedestal, observed by everybody whether they’re Christians or not. It’s an insult to the rest of the village for one group to expect everyone else to put their lives on hold, sacrificing their own identity for the sake of ancient ideas that aren’t adapting to the times.
If that’s what Good Friday is all about, then I suggest the holiday be renamed Bad Friday.