Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.
Although the parade attracts over one million people and is one of the largest in the nation, de Blasio disagrees with the organizers’ decision to exclude gay rights floats and signs from the parade.
And yes, this made some Irish blood boil. The Catholic League's Bill Donohue said he was “delighted” he didn’t have to march with an elected official who “does not want to be associated with Irish Catholics”:
I’ve had it with this guy…Catholics are 52 percent of the New York City population and this guy believes in diversity and he sticks it to us? And now he says he doesn’t want to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
Besides the fact that the Irish population in New York City is enormous, this parade specifically honors a Catholic holiday. St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irishmen and enslaved for years. When he finally escaped, he had a dream where he heard the Irish people calling for him to bring them the Gospel. Patrick returned to his land of captivity, where he was a missionary until his death. His story is grounded in the Catholic tradition, which still holds to the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Now, whether or not drinking and carousing are the best ways to honor a saint, the parade officials should not receive such backlash for wanting to keep politics out of the march. Gays are more than welcome to be included, just minus their gay pride signs.
Besides, can you imagine this story?
De Blasio Boycotts Gay Rights Parade Over Exclusion of Catholics
(TAS) - The Mayor of New York City refuses to walk in the largest gay rights parade in America because they will not allow Roman Catholics to march with “heterosexual rights” signs.
“Just because the gay organizers feel like Catholic ideals tear at the fabric of homosexual religion does not mean the Catholics shouldn’t be allowed to participate,” Mayor de Blasio said.
Some gay rights activists are infuriated by de Blasio’s decision.
“Their pope thinks marriage should only be between a man and a woman. It’s not that we don’t love Catholics. We just disagree with them and want to stay true to our gay identity. The fact that de Blasio decided to ditch us because of this is appalling,” Michael Smith said.
Although encouraged by de Blasio's position, some Catholics expressed their frustration with gay intolerance of their personal beliefs.
“Yes, our marching would contradict the message of their gay tradition, but it is my First Amendment right to be included in this parade,” Maggie Wright said.
The official parade coordinator, Joseph Rand, said that Catholics are welcome to participate, but they will have to leave their signs at home.
“We want to honor our homosexual tradition. This isn’t a personal attack on Catholics. It’s simply not a Catholic parade,” Rand said. “If they would like to have a parade to remember their own heritage, we absolutely encourage them to do so.”
In other news, Hell just froze over.
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