Catholic Cardinal Compares Gay Activists to KKK

Chicago Cardinal Francis George seems to have a hard time saying "Thanks." (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / November 27, 2011)

In another example of someone from the Catholic Church hierarchy using rhetoric that’s about as far from Jesus as one can imagine, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has compared organizers of that city’s gay pride parade to members of the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan:

You know, you don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism. So I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don’t know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s, you know, position on that.”

The offense of the parade organizers? In an effort to accomodate the larger crowds that the parade has been attracting the route was changes and the time moved up.  But when a Catholic Church objected that their morning services would be difficult for parishioners to attend, the parade organizer moved the start time back to noon.

Instead of saying “thank you” for the compromise, the Cardinal ”clarified” his remarks:

“Organizers (of the pride parade) invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church,” the cardinal said in a statement issued Tuesday. “One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, 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.”

Um, Mr. Cardinal, I don’t think that the parade re-route was anti-Catholic bias by gays.

Gee, I can’t imagine why some people see Christians as homophobic nut jobs.

  • http://freedompastor.blogspot.com Frank Emanuel

    It is a huge issue here in Canada as well, RC leaders are scrambling for where to stand and it just gets messy. Much as I’m not a fan of Pride parades (I concur with my local gay brothers and sisters that Pride has lost its social protest edge and become another excuse to party – at least here in Ottawa), I am very impressed with the Pride organizers making such a major concession for the cardinal with his knickers in a twist. Far more of a Christlike action than the cardinal was able to muster. In fact I think that cardinal comes closer to emulating the KKK in this scenario. Yikes.

  • http://jwalkergs.wordpress.com/ Jason

    Sometimes I wonder if anybody thinks before they speak anymore. I’m not Roman Catholic, but I have in the past spoken out against much of what I consider ugliness directed at the RC church. However, I find it increasingly difficult to do so when I read nonsense such as this.

  • Frank

    More whining, sigh. This is getting pitiful.

    He did not compare the gay liberation movement to the KKK. Can’t people read? He made an extreme extrapolation that if we are all honest is not all that far off. I have seen many gay activists that have attitudes that are no less hateful than those of the KKK.

    • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

      I agree that “many gay activists” are no less hateful that those in the KKK. We terrorize communities and lynch the blacks and the Catholics. Total spot-on comparison. (*j/k*)

      I had the same idea Tony had. The Pride organizers didn’t think of the Church when they planned the new route, but they compromised and found a new time when they learned that this church had a problems with their route/time. For the Cardinal to repeat and rehash the KKK-comparisons is just stupid. He’s lucky they didn’t revert back to their original plans.

      • Frank

        Hate is hate. While the KKK’s actions are much more extreme the hate is not.

  • Basil

    Frank, you are being ridiculous. When there are “Christians” beaten or killed by self righteous gays, or “Christian” kids bullied until they commit suicide by their gay peers, then you can talk about hate. You’re insulting real victims of hate crimes, none of whom are “Christian”. Until that changes, just keep your bigotry to yourself.

    • Frank

      I don’t how you live so blindly. So sad!

  • Basil

    I don’t know how you live bereft of honesty and compassion, but you’ll have to answer to God for that. You could always change but you probably won’t. It’s a tragic loss!

  • Frank

    Poor Basil! How does one help someone so lost?

  • Basil

    You let your homophobia blind you to the very real suffering of gay and lesbians young people who are bullied in schools until they are driven to suicide, or to gay and lesbian adults who are targeted, and sometimes murdered, in violent hate crimes. You never speak for those who face injustice, which puts you on the side of evil and oppression. Instead, you spin ridiculous fictional stories about “oppressed Christians” being persecuted by gay mobs??? So either you are lying, or you have lost your grasp of reality. Remedying the former requires contrition, and atonement. Remedying the later requires medical intervention. You have sympathies and prayers in either case.

    • Frank

      Sigh! Basil you are so set on an agenda that you are stuck in rut unable to grow or learn or experience the transformation that God desires for you.

      I am extremely saddened when anyone feels their life is no longer worth living and takes action. It’s a tragedy on a grand scale.

      Also anyone who is on the receiving end of any kind of hate deserves sympathy and protection!

      Your problem is you have set in your mind (or it’s been placed on your mind) that anyone who upholds God’s word regarding sexuality and marriage is homophobic and/or evil and is responsible for someone else’s choices. Playing the victim card will never get you the results you desire. So maybe try something new in 2012? You just might experience God on a whole new level and find common ground with those who you wrongly consider the enemy and instead discover who the enemy really is.


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