Today, Parity, a New York LGBTQ advocacy group, plans to create a more “FABULOUS!” version of Ash Wednesday. They’re going to have ashes rubbed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross, as all good Catholics will, but their ashes will have colorful glitter mixed in. They’re calling it ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday.’
Before we get started, I think I should clarify something. As trollish as ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’ sounds, they’re not mocking Catholics, nor Ash Wednesday. At least, they don’t seem to be mocking them. Some of them might even be Catholic themselves.
Anyway…. On Parity’s website promoting ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday,’ they hilariously state,
“Glitter is like love. It’s irresistible and irrepressible…. Glitter never gives up — and neither do we…. The need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent. Glitter is an inextricable element of queer history. It is how we have displayed our gritty, scandalous hope. We make ourselves fabulously conspicuous, giving offense to the arbiters of respectability that allow coercive power to flourish.”
If you’re confused about what all that means, youre not alone. There is not a single person on the entire planet that understands what the hell any of those childish bumper sticker phrases have to do with Ash Wednesday. The reasoning they give for this event is equivalent to shouting in a feminine lisp, “Yay for progressism!!! Yay for the sinful ‘gritty, scandalous’ relationships!!! B00 to the meanie-head Church!!!”
Additionally, Ash Wednesday clearly has absolutely nothing to do with celebrating homosexuality, nor transgenderism. This holiday is really meant to do the exact opposite.
Catholics see this day as a time to reflect on the fact that they are both mortal and imperfect. They’re supposed to express true repentance of their past sins, and they’re to go forward by attempting to control the desires of their flesh. It is not a time celebrate their sinful nature, which holds them captive to the desire of their flesh.
Simply put, there are right ways and wrong ways to celebrate Ash Wednesday. This is the wrong way.