The Catholic League has announced that it will not be participating in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, marking the first time the group will sit out of the event since it began marching 20 years ago.
League President Bill Donohue released a formal written statement this afternoon, saying he is “angry” and “disappointed” that parade organizers will be allowing a gay group to march for the first time while simultaneously denying an anti-abortion group entry.
“Prior to the announcement that a gay group would march under its own banner in the 2015 parade, I was consulted by parade organizers about their plans. I told them that I could only support this decision if there were a formal revision in the parade’s rules governing marching units, and that is exactly what I said in my first public statement,” he wrote. “I asked them to pledge that a pro-life Catholic group would also be permitted. I was told that a formal change in the rules had been approved and that a pro-life group would march. Now I am being told that the list of marching units is set and that no pro-life group will march in next year’s parade. Accordingly, I have decided to withdraw our participation.”
It caps off a headline-grabbing couple of weeks for Donohue, who questioned the ability of the gay group who were granted entry in the parade, to keep their pants on during the big day.
“Will the gays behave? The reason I have to ask is that, unlike others, they have a tendency to act up, [not keeping] their pants on.”
We should learn from the The Catholic League.
Why are religious Jews participating in the Israeli independence parade, now that gays are allowed to march?!?!
Why can't Rabbis openly oppose the gay movement, just as the Christians do?!?!