Saturday, 31 December 2011 00:37

Chicago Cardinal Compared Gay Pride To Ku Klux Klan Meeting

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We needed a remark full of bigotry to finish the year, except that this one is not funny. Cardinal Francis George compared the Gay Pride of Chicago to a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan.

The cardinal recently told Fox News Chicago he worried that the Gay Pride could interfere with the Sunday services mirrored protest against Catholicism by the KKK.

The organizers of the Gay Pride decided with the church's agreement to change the time of departure but it didn't stop cardinal George who added two days later on the Archdiocese of Chicago website:

"The Chicago Gay Pride Parade has been organized and attended for many years without interfering with the worship of God in a Catholic church," George wrote. "When the 2012 Parade organizers announced a time and route change this year, it was apparent that the Parade would interfere with divine worship in a Catholic parish on the new route. When the pastor's request for reconsideration of the plans was ignored, the organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940's, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.

"It is terribly wrong and sinful that gays and lesbians have been harassed and subjected to psychological and even physical harm. These tragedies can be addressed, however, without disturbing the organized and orderly public worship of God in a country that claims to be free. I am grateful that all parties concerned resolved this problem by moving the Parade's start time so as not to conflict with the celebration of Mass that Sunday."

Now Chicago LGBT people asked for public excuses.

 

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