Chicago Cardinal again compares gay pride parade to the Klan

Pedophile-enabling religions, that still haven’t come clean, have lost any right to make moral comparisons about anything.

Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago
December 27, 2011

The Chicago Gay Pride Parade has been organized and attended for many years without interfering with the worship of God in a Catholic church. 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.

Gay journalist Rex Wockner responds via email:

“The Chicago gay pride parade attracts 800,000 people. It proceeds through a heavily congested, dense urban cityscape. Absolutely positively everything in its wake is disrupted. What on earth makes one service at one church on one day special enough to change the start time of a gigantic parade? Let alone excuses comparing ‘the gay liberation movement’ with the ‘Ku Klux Klan’? No, cardinal, the gay pride committee is not targeting the Catholic church. ‘The gay liberation movement’ is not targeting the Catholic church either. Your church building is affected in no way any different from hundreds upon hundreds of buildings for miles in all directions (Lake Michigan notwithstanding). You really do need to get out more.”

This is part of the larger religious right “we’re so oppressed” mantra, that the Catholic church has clearly adopted now as well.  If they can’t have their way in everything, if governments and elected politicians refuse to do their bidding 100% of the time, then the Catholics are being terribly oppressed. It’s a spin off of the old “you’re intolerant of my intolerance” argument the religious right likes to make in an effort to stifle all criticism of their bigotry.  In this case, if you don’t do what the Catholic church tells you, even if you’re not Catholic, well then, you’re just like the Klan.

One can only imagine Cardinal George grocery shopping.  “You know who else won’t accept expired coupons? The Klan.”

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