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Chicago cardinal compares LGBT Pride to ‘Ku Klux Klan’

By Phil Reese
Washington Blade
Saturday, December 24, 2011

CHICAGO — On the heels of an agreement about parade times reached between Chicago LGBT Pride organizers and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church — which sits on the June parade route — the Windy City’s Cardinal Francis George compared the event to “something like the Ku Klux Klan.”

Francis George

“You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism,” the Cardinal told Fox News Chicago on Sunday.

“That’s a little strong analogy, isn’t it? Ku Klux Klan?” the Fox reporter said to the Cardinal in response.

“It is, but you take a look at the rhetoric,” he responded. “The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people. Who is the enemy? Who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.”

The Rev. Eric Lee, Executive Director for the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — was quick to speak out against Cardinal George’s remarks.

“I have spent most of my adult life engaged in the civil rights struggle for African American people who have been terrorized by racist Klan violence,” Lee said in a statement. “I am insulted by the comparison of the Klan to the current LGBT movement. When we distort the history of terror for cheap political aims, we only inflict pain on those whose lives have been scarred by the Klan.”

The Pride parade controversy stems from a planned change to the route and start time of the annual LGBT Pride parade, which attracts over 750,000 people to the north side Chicago neighborhood every year.

After police complained about overcrowding and violence along the parade route in 2011, organizers planned to change the event’s route, and moved the start time up to 10:00am to noon to curb morning drinking.

The new route, however, takes the parade down Belmont St. in front of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church during crowded Sunday mass. Pastor Father Thomas Srenn and the church asked parade organizers to make changes to avoid a collision between the parade festivities and the Sunday service. Parade organizers — including openly gay city alderman Tom Tunney whose district the parade takes place in — and the parish agreed to changes that move the parade start time back to the original 12:00pm.

Fr. Srenn told the Windy City Times that the agreement satisfies Mt. Carmel’s concerns. “It was a good and reasonable solution that we all came to.”

According to the Windy City Times, Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosts the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach, and Srenn told the paper that the parish’s reservations about the event “had nothing to do with the content of the parade.”

In a statement this week, openly gay State Rep. Greg Harris, whose district includes the planned route, lamented the Cardinal’s “unfortunate choice of words.”

“It probably will provoke other unfortunate words [from some gay activists],” Harris said.

Cardinal George and the Archdiocese of Chicago have clashed on multiple issues this year, including the passage and implementation of Civil Unions in Illinois, and same-sex foster and adoptive parents, which resulted in Catholic Charities ending foster care placement services in the state in order to avoid being forced to place children with otherwise qualified same-sex couples, which the church objects to.

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  1. :lol: Wow

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:05am
  2. DO THEY KNOW HOW MANY GAYS WE KILLED BY THE NAZIS DURING THE HOLOCAUST AND THAT THE NEO NAZI PARTY IN AMERICA HATES AND KILLS LESBIANDS AND GAYS DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE KU KLUX KNLAN IS A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION??????

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:06am
  3. FUCKem.. I wouldnt negotiate with these pedophiles… They can kiss my gay proud ASS!!! Try to be nice and then we get SLAMMED!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:08am
  4. This cardinal is a fucking dick, no pun intended.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:08am
  5. WTF???? o.0

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:08am
  6. They cannot be serious… Pride is not the same as burning crosses, beating up people, throwing bricks into houses, banning people from restaurants, tormenting children of a different race, and discriminating against people for WHO THEY ARE.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:09am
  7. Good job Jon

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:09am
  8. Dear Father – go fuck yourself instead of the little boys you’re used to fucking and Oh, by the way, The Catholic Church and Christians have hurt more people than anyone in history. Drop dead!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:10am
  9. And i compare the catholic church to a cult!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:11am
  10. AssHole!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:11am
  11. Than that Chicago cardinal is a so-called one and not a real Christian, unfortunately!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:12am
  12. Maybe he is an Ku Klux Klan member, that Chicago cardinal?

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:12am
  13. means a lot coming from people who don’t care if there priest molest little boys.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:14am
  14. HOW SICK he is to even think that.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:15am
  15. It confuses me on how people can deem they are God followers, but they are so quick to judge! This just enrages me! I am a Christian, I will never deny that. I am a Lesbian, I will never deny that. But seriously. I am no about to let the ‘Church of God’ go around condemning us for being lovable people and OPENMINDED people!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:16am
  16. So the parade organizers cooperate and compromise to come to an amenable solution for both themselves and the church. Oh, yeah, sounds like just like something the Klan would do! Talk about deluded.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:16am
  17. The Catholic church is and has been silently behind most wars!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:16am
  18. Trow the bum out! Jaskass with the beanie!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:17am
  19. We spread love

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:19am
  20. and priest molesting children is ok?

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:20am
  21. Why is anyone surprised? The CARDINAL, by definition, is a birdbrain!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:20am
  22. oO

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:21am
  23. stupid…

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:24am
  24. What’s funny is I was seriously considering going to mass tonight after I get off work.. then I read this. Screw it and screw them.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:25am
  25. what an ass

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:25am
  26. Let me see…First the Catholic Church protects and shelters abusive pedophiles…then they compare ordaining women as priest on the same level as pedophilia, then they say that the LGBT movement is like the KKK when it is the polar opposite..the KKK espouses hate and the LGBT movement esposes Love and respect…It is amazing to me that anyone listens to them anymohas turned into a bunch of nutbuckets!!re..Catholic leadership

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:28am
  27. cardinal douche should take a vow of silence

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:34am
  28. funny… i have said the same thing about the catholic church

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:35am
  29. Oh not anything like the mass release of pedophile Catholic priests they set free to prey on small children, for centuries?

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:46am
  30. Francis Francis, if you don’t want to be the enemy stop the attacks on our personhood.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:55am
  31. How fitting… a cardinal promoting **TRED! Comparing LGBT individuals, who love each other and try to show their Pride so they can be treated as equals in this world, to others who openly promote **TRED! SHAME!

    When will the catholic church realize their main focus is prejudice and ingraining (this) in their followers? …not to mention covering up rampant abuses which happen behind their doors!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:00am
  32. How fitting… a cardinal promoting **TRED! Comparing LGBT individuals, who love each other and try to show their Pride so they can be treated as equals in this world, to others who openly promote **TRED! SHAME!

    When will the catholic church realize their main focus is prejudice and ingraining (this) in their followers? …not to mention covering up rampant abuses which happen behind their doors!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:02am
  33. where is the love?…they preach love thy enemy and turn around and spew this garbage!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:05am
  34. what? smh

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:10am
  35. That is a big bucket of bullshit. Pride is about loving everyone and treating them all equal not judging people and comparing them to haters and monsters. But then again look at some of the garabage they preach.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:19am
  36. I posted this under: Catholic Church campaigning against Scotland’s effort to legalize same-sex marriage and I think I will repost it here as well:

    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 Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:40am
  37. what a confused man

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:58am
  38. Hate Monger

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:06am
  39. This from a man who is a leader in an organization know for it’s repression and attempted destruction, often successful, of any and all who think differently. KKKan you say pot needs mirror, not megaphone.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:09am
  40. How dare you? You are just frustrated The Inquisition Era is over!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:49am
  41. I’m sorry but that guy is dumb. gays dont see the church as an enemy… however many churches definitely have a negative view of us fabulous gays

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:59am
  42. How the Fuck does this make sence

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:59am
  43. Sense*

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:59am
  44. Lol wut?

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:11pm
  45. Jesus hates catholics…

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:17pm
  46. Really ? Can show me were gays burned crosses ? Got togather to lynch black people ? Show me were gays have burned down a chcurch.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:24pm
  47. I lol’d. He’ll be dead in 20 years and we’ll still be gaying it up.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:52pm
  48. More two faced bull shit from the slap and tickle an alter boy degenerates…Did we really expect any thing different these bigoted hate mongers? I tell the A-hole to kiss my ass but i wouldn’t give him that much pleasure.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 1:29pm
  49. Not!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 2:44pm
  50. and all in the CHRISTmas spirit too!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:05pm
  51. This from the same guy wearing a red dress and a red coffee filter on his head….REALLY?? Pffffft.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:25pm
  52. He is and probably of satanic origin.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:39pm
  53. Pretty sure I saw him in a pair of cheap pleather chaps at The Eagle a few times. Aren’t those ALWAYS the ones?

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:39pm
  54. And yet, you’re the one with the funny hat.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:41pm
  55. We dress better at LGBT Sf Pride ;-{P}

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:45pm
  56. The church wasn’t calling us kkk, it was just that one idiot . The church was very cooperative. They just didn’t want to get their doors blocked from the thousands of people, when they’re in mass.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 4:41pm
  57. Two words for him- FUCK YOU!!! he is so fucking ignorant!

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 5:02pm
  58. Please comment on this stupidity. Catholic sickness.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:38pm
  59. …..but then of course, raping children is a “holy” thing….

    I don’t need or WANT any “advice” from these bastards. Hey cardinal, piss off you seeping pustule of hatred!

    Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 8:41am
  60. yes,we are the ku klux klan.indeed,just with pink triangle hats instead of whit ones

    Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 4:09pm