Pride Is Under Threat. What Does That Mean for You This Year?

On the Cusp of Pride Month, I Ask, Didn’t God Create Rainbows, Too?

Why then, must we be on alert?

Rand Bishop
Prism & Pen
Published in
6 min readJun 1, 2024

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Pride Northwest Yard sign, Photo by the author

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful. T’was God that made them all.

As a child in Sunday School, singing this lyric provided comfort and assurance. My innocent heart resounded with a joyous message: that my peers and I had all been created by the same all-loving, all-powerful Heavenly Father.

And, as living, breathing products of that infallible Creator’s handiwork, we were each perfect in our own way and deserving of “His” love.

But there was an additional, not-so-subtle subtext within that soothing, seemingly innocuous refrain. By belting out those words in unison, I and my sabbath-morning classmates were being systematically indoctrinated into a blind belief in biblical Creationism.

God is good.

No doubt, the God in the song is a good God, a beneficent Creator who, for the benefit of humankind, paints the sky and the oceans blue, puts wind under birds’ wings, and injects the apple with sweetness.

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Rand Bishop
Prism & Pen

Bishop's latest book, the semi-autobiographical novel, Long Way Out, is available in e- and print editions through most major online booksellers.