Our friends over at Truth Wins Out (a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism) want you to be aware of what they’re doing in response to the unfortunate statements recently made by Chicago Archbishop Francis George, wherein he compared participants in gay pride parades to members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Said Cardinal George to (gee, what a surprise) FOX News:
You don’t want the Gay Liberation Movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan …
As you’re likely already aware, there’s more to the story. (The June 2012 Chicago Gay Pride parade was going to interfere with the morning services of a Catholic church; the pastor of that church complained about that; Cardinal George, in his wisdom, sought to quell the tension [after the scheduling issue had been resolved] by likening gay people to the Ku Klux Klan.) But that’s the gist of it.Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, is a wonderful man whose righteous anger anyone would do well to avoid triggering.
Mr. Besen did not appreciate gay people being put in the same category as members of the KKK.
Consequently, this Sunday readers of the Chicago Tribune will find in that august newspaper this full-page ad, taken out by Truth Wins Out:
Mr. Besen and TWO would also appreciate all friends and allies of LGBTQ people signing this petition of theirs, which calls for the resignation of Archbishop George.