The Glitter Ash Wednesday movement began in 2017. It was started by LGBT groups (and other progressive advocates) who substitute “glitter crosses” for those made of ashes to proclaim to all that homosexuals should be celebrated as “fabulously made.”
Parity, a New York-based advocacy group, released a statement saying: “Glitter Ashes lets the world know that we are progressive, queer-positive Christians. Glitter is an inextricable element of queer history. The public face of Christianity is often a face of intolerance—especially toward LGBTQ people.” The statement continued: “We make ourselves fabulously conspicuous, giving offense to the arbiters of respectability that allow coercive power to flourish. The organization claims “glitter ashes” are meant to promote a more inclusive Christian message. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Rather than symbolizing a sober, sacred, reflection on Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, it is a deliberate, gaudy, atavistic celebration of oneself and one’s own sexual proclivities. It is putting the LGBTQ agenda ahead of the Redeemer’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life to those who believe in God. It is the very opposite of repentance, defiling the meaning of Ash Wednesday in a pathetic attempt at raising the worship of minority sexual orientations above the desire to atone for our sins and purify our hearts.
Using “glitter” for preening self-infatuation on Ash Wednesday is itself a sin to be repented.
Will Gay Pride goeth before a fall?
William McLeod, a fourth-grader at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, walked into his classroom on Ash Wednesday with an ash cross on his forehead, in observance of the religious holiday. His teacher asked him what was on his forehead. McLeod dutifully explained. His teacher took him aside and told him the cross was “inappropriate” and demanded he “go take it off.” The student told KSTU: “She gave me a disinfection wipe—whatever they are called—and she made me wipe it off.” He added that he felt “really bad,” as it happened “in front of all my friends.”
Run along now, Billy, and disinfect yourself from that Christianity.
One wonders if the teacher would have, after explanation of what it symbolized, demanded a student remove a “glitter cross,” fabulously conspicuous or not.
(The Davis School District eventually apologized for the incident, telling KSTU it wasn’t acceptable and that students of all faiths should feel welcomed).