To the editor:
With almost 47 per cent of people voting ‘no’ on a recent local media poll, regarding the question of “Are you in favour of rainbow-painted crosswalks,” I don’t feel that I’m alone with the thought that the new coloured crosswalks in downtown Kelowna were a bad idea.
Not just because it was done without any kind of consulting with the public, not just because it was made entirely with taxpayers’ money (and Okanagan Pride got it for free), but because I don’t understand why we are letting them use their LGTBQ flag for our new crosswalks instead of installing normal (and cheaper) ones?
Showing favoritism much, City of Kelowna? The new LGTBQ rainbow coloured crosswalks in downtown Kelowna are not ‘highly offensive,’ let’s not get carried away and be unreasonable here, it isn’t a giant swastika.
Are they pushing their beliefs down our throat? A bit, yes. It is a loud and proud colourful crosswalk, no way to avoid it, it isn’t just a sign or two up on the wall.
Just imagine if a crosswalk of a painted Christian cross was installed tomorrow during the night. In the morning, people would be up in arms screaming that the Christians are trying to shove their beliefs down everyone’s throat, there is no difference here. Different beliefs but the exact same concept. Only slight difference here, is that people are scared to say what they think about the crosswalks because who wants to be publicly called a homophobe? No wonder nobody on camera said that they didn’t love it but yet the poll online, tells a much different and much more realistic story. A lot of people don’t see the need for it to be there. A sign would have worked just as well. What makes the LGBTQ community entitled to have their own flag coloured crosswalks in downtown Kelowna? We might as well have Christian cross sidewalks and atheistic crosswalks because, apparently, everyone is entitled to have one if they want to.
Is it just because they’re different, sexually? Is it because they’ve been discriminated against and we feel bad in the way that they’ve been treated? If so, why don’t Jewish people have one? They’ve been treated pretty horribly throughout history.
They can be loud and be proud, but to go and paint a pride crosswalk in busy downtown Kelowna using taxpayers’ money, is not necessary by any means. Isn’t pride week and all their parades enough?
I’m not against Okanagan Pride by any means, just don’t agree whatsoever with the rainbow crosswalk downtown and don’t understand why it’s so blatant and in our face.
Kurtis Knuth, Kelowna