ASHES TO ASHES, FAIRY DUST TO FAIRY DUSTLent goes pink:

A New York-based advocacy group called Parity is asking Christians who favor LGBT equality — “queer positive Christians,” in their parlance — to show support by wearing “glitter ash” on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday on March 1.

Ash Wednesday kicks off the six-week somber season called Lent that leads to Easter, and is usually marked in churches with the color purple. Traditionally, plain gray ashes, blessed by a minister or priest, are smeared on the foreheads of Christians to symbolize repentance.

“This is a way for queer Christians and queer-positive persons of faith to say ‘We are here,’” said Marian Edmonds-Allen, Parity’s executive director. “It is also a way for other people to be a witness to that and be in solidarity with them.”

What is Parity going to burn in order to make “glitter ash”? Unicorns?

Reminds me of the stories from the 1970s when some trendy priests wanted to make the Catholic Church more “relevant” to the yoof culture by substituting pizza and Coke for the communion bread and wine (“Body of Christ – now with ham and pineapple”). These things never work, funnily enough.

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