To Pride flag vandal: ‘You are not Moab’


This letter is to those who cut down the Pride flag at the MARC: Moab is a community of love and acceptance, where people with different backgrounds and experiences live, work, and play side by side. We know we all disagree a lot, but at the end of the day we are neighbors who will come to each other’s aid if ever there is a need.

But did you know we are also a community where children have taken their own lives because they were bullied for who they are and who they love?

I really hope you didn’t know that when you so bravely cut down a rainbow flag in the dead of night. A flag supported wholeheartedly by a vast majority of people in our town, a flag meant to show the children still here today that we love and accept them because of who they are – not in spite of it.

I wonder if you would have cut down that flag in full view of the parents in our community whose kids aren’t here anymore, simply because how God lovingly made them was deemed unacceptable to a few gutless wimps like you.

You might live in Moab, your family might have lived here for a long time, but I am here to tell you that you are not Moab. In Moab, we love our neighbors, including each and every member of our community who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer. To paraphrase the words of a parent in our community who lost her beautiful, kind child not long ago: Our town loves and appreciates what they bring, just as themselves.

A couple of cowards with a pair of scissors aren’t going to change that.

– Kya Marienfeld