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Cardinal Francis George’s Parade of Lies

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Roman Catholic Church’s toxic obsession with homosexuality manifests itself in countless ways. The most recent anti-gay outburst came from the Chicago Archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, who foolishly compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan.

Adam Bielawski

Francis George

George’s offensive remarks came during a dispute over the scheduled starting time of the annual LGBT pride parade. The June 2012 event was originally set to begin at 10am, but a priest bitterly complained that this would interfere with morning services.

In an interview with Fox News in Chicago, Cardinal George said: “Well, I go with the pastor. I mean, he’s telling us that they won’t be able to have Church services on Sunday, if that’s the case. 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.”

Cardinal George’s outrageous comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan was so degrading and hurtful that apologizing will not be sufficient. He has crossed so far over the line of basic decency that he couldn’t see it with a pair of binoculars. His only road to redemption is handing in his resignation.

If George has a shred of dignity and a sliver of class he will immediately step down. To help influence his decision my organization, Truth Wins Out, launched a petition that has already been signed by more than 4,000 people.

First, bringing the KKK into a logistical discussion over a parade’s starting time is as brazen as it is bizarre. Especially, when the problem had already been resolved in good faith by changing the jump off time to noon. With no logical reason to bring this hate group into the mix, it is fair to assume that the nasty analogy was a cheap shot and a low blow designed to slime the LGBT community.

If George’s intention was to play demagogue by unfairly pairing the LGBT community with vile imagery, he should have simply gone all the way and thrown in the Nazis, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and Osama bin Laden. These odious examples would have made as much sense as the Klan comparison.

Second, how does one compare a peaceful movement of non-violent tax paying families to a group with a unique history of terror in the United States? Can the good Cardinal provide examples of masked homosexuals showing up at Catholic Churches and burning crosses or other objects on their lawns? Can George show us evidence that LGBT people are lynching people of faith? Are their choirboys and nuns hanging from trees that we don’t know about?

Apparently, he can’t back up his irrational position and this is why he refused to appear on Chicago’s WGN radio to discuss his remarks, as I did on Tuesday morning.

Third, George falsely claimed that the LGBT parade was about “demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.” This far out assessment is simply paranoid and delusional.

While the rabidly homophobic positions of Rome have rightfully angered many LGBT activists, the vast majority of parade marchers and spectators don’t go to make a political statement, but to have a good time. Such parades also include a large number of LGBT Catholics and organizations that represent the gay faithful.

It is a mark of George’s solipsism that he thinks we are as obsessed about the Roman Catholic Church as it is about our lives.

Despite the Vatican’s best efforts to harm our families, most LGBT Catholics choose to follow the lead of their straight counterparts and ignore the more medieval and extreme proclamations from Rome.

For instance, the Public Religion Research Institute showed “nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.”

Such polling may explain why George tried to backtrack on Christmas day: “Obviously, it’s absurd to say the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan, but if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we’ve had in our past because it stops us from worshipping God, well then that’s the comparison, but it’s not with people – it’s the parade.”

Obviously, this is another ridiculous response. Parades are not simply unattended rolling floats and hovering balloons – but events that are defined by the people marching. George’s dissembling continues when he says such parades “stops us from worshipping God.”

I’d like examples of where George was prohibited by the LGBT community from worshiping. Of course, he won’t provide any — because this is more about George’s dishonesty and hyperbole than it is about reality.

At this point, the best George can do is to proclaim that he meant to say “gay, gay, gay” and it mistakenly came out KKK.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. He did WHAT?!?!?!

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:46pm
  2. The Cardinal obviously has serious issues, #1 being HATE.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:48pm
  3. He’s got some balls! Look at him…he looks like the poster boy for the Nazi party.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:48pm

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:54pm
  5. They hate us because of all the money they have had to pay out to abuse viticms done by their catholic Priests

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:56pm
  6. I guess they need to find some group to hate on so that people are too busy thinking about that and not thinking about how many wars the catholic church have started and how many people the catholic church have murdered and how many children the catholic church have molested. It’s called misdirection.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 3:58pm
  7. I have pasted this comment in different postings regarding the Catholic Church I will repost it here again. I do not fear excommunication from the Catholic Church for the words I use and the oppinion I have of them, because I am a RECOVERING Catholic and also I have Apostate from this Church several years ago, following all the Canon Laws. I should mention that the ecclesiastical tribunals make it almost impossible to legally grant and record the Apostasy.

    The Catholic Church is the corporation more intolerant murderous and destructive that historically has existed.
    Their ideology is an ideology of hatred and war and an altarpiece of lies, cheating, contradictions, deceits and absurdities built for the sole purpose of annulling denigrating the intelligence and the reason.
    The Christian morality is like chloroform that neutralizes the pleasure and the imagination, to make our bodies our nearest enemy and to switch the truth into submission.
    The Papacy is an emissary of torture and lies, a puppet of the interests of the fascist Vatican state.
    The higher clergy is a band of social parasites, eager of power and plunder.
    The faithful Catholics are a humanity deceived, for whom I have solidarity and compassion.
    All victims of religious terrorism are a definitive proof of its guilt.
    The Catholic Church has put to death millions of individuals, has collaborated to the spread of HIV / AIDS per their negative to authorize Catholics the use of condoms.
    They do practice Symbiotic relationships of all kinds of totalitarianism, to encourage them, to justify and prostitutes before them.
    They bless the murderers and tyrants.
    They proclaimed holy crusades against women and men who have doubted its truth.
    They enslave the weak, flatter the generals and the leaders, promote hatred of the body, happiness and pleasure, insult the intelligence and intended to impose its absurd and primitive theology.
    They use gender hierarchies, relationships and feelings, according to the sinister moral they practice.
    They impose their phobias as sacred commandments, systematically attacking individual and collective freedoms.
    They plunder the people, relentlessly and with impunity, through its diplomatic agreements, concordats and their alliances with political power.
    They abuse children, fornicate with them, they are lying and abusing the humanity.
    They discriminate, they cover up for pedophiles.
    They created the Inquisition.
    They light fires that have not yet ceased to burn.
    They despise science and knowledge.
    They torture, massacre and hide the historical truth.
    They manipulate the collective memory.
    They perpetuate their ideology, injecting it into children’s minds. And abetting, conspiracy, falsifying and using violence to impose their pathological delusions.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:05pm
  8. I believe all religions to be this way, love the sinner/hate the sin is really a dangerous play on words

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:14pm
  9. Given the condemnation of homosexuality by the Catholic Church in general (& their defense & sheltering of pedophiles), what do you expect? This is NOT a Rainbow-friendly organization.

    To answer one outrageous comparison with another: asking for Gerorge’s resignation as archbishop for his anti-LGBT statement would be about as silly as asking Goebbels to resign from the Nazi party for his anti-Semitic remarks.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:22pm
  10. Hell for this man.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 4:47pm
  11. I wonder what there obsession with homosexuality is. Ever hear of reaction formation.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 5:12pm
  12. The obsession is deflection from my pedophilia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 5:28pm
  13. the Catholic church is a LEGEND in its own sick mind. If they weren’t so obsessed with depositing money in the bank, instead of allowing a normal life, they might not be such an all expense paid PEDOPHILE Home away from HOME location, which has nothing to do with Homosexuality except it’s a good one to try to get the offering plate filled up, just like confession keeps the priest in the middle of parish gossip. No man can forgive your sin, collar or not, better on your knees praying than getting poked by one of the bunch.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 6:59pm
  14. They should be obsessed with stopping the priests from diddling the kids. Do these guys really think the world believes they are celebate? A guy is a guy and sticking a collar around his neck does not mean he is now pure as the driven snow. Most of thwem are closet cases anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 7:24pm
  15. Voldemort?

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 9:49pm
  16. Not all, Joseph, not all…

    Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:01pm
  17. Perhaps this old vampire Cardinal Francis George is right: we SHOULD be protesting in the streets, marching against the tyrannical, genocidal, pedophile church which has more blood on its hands than any other single institution in the history of mankind.

    If you do not think that religion, and specifically the Catholic Church are the enemy, then you do not know an enemy when you see one.

    Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 9:35pm