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Gay Activists Target St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Crisis Magazine ^ | March 17, 2014 | Matthew Hennessey

Posted on 03/17/2014 7:07:56 AM PDT by NYer

Irish Queers (Chip East : Reuters) 1

If you’ve never been to the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, better put it on your calendar for next year. That is, if there is a next year. Time could be running out on the world’s biggest celebration of all things Irish. Why? Because the parade’s organizers have for two decades steadfastly refused to allow gay and lesbian organizations to march under banners trumpeting their sexual orientation. The city’s self-appointed guardians of human rights long ago declared this policy exclusionary and intolerant. But, unlike in previous decades, the effort to paint the parade and its organizers as anti-gay now has friends in very high places.

Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and his allies on the overwhelmingly Democratic New York City Council are refusing to march in this year’s parade—and every parade after that—until the organizing committee succumbs to the pressure and reverses its policy. This marks a departure from recent years, when mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg happily donned green ties for the procession up 5th Avenue. David Dinkins, who was mayor during the period when the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (ILGO) first targeted the parade, boycotted the event in 1992 and 1993 in solidarity with the group.

ILGO is gone now, but the cause lives. A group known as Irish Queers has called on de Blasio to do more than just skip the parade. It wants him to forbid the city’s uniformed personnel from the NYPD and FDNY to participate in what the advocacy group calls an “explicitly anti-gay parade.” In an open letter signed by left-wing activists and elected officials—including the city’s current public advocate Letitia James and two of her predecessors, five city councilmembers, three state assemblymen from Manhattan, the New York State senator representing midtown, the Brooklyn borough president, and three former New York City human rights commissioners—Irish Queers called on de Blasio to bar cops and firefighters from marching in this “exclusionary religious procession.” Elsewhere, Irish Queers has asserted that the 253-year-old parade has ceased to be a “public celebration of Irish pride in our shared history and culture.” Instead, it claims, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish Catholic fraternal organization that sponsored the parade until the early 1990s, has “redefined” the annual celebration “as a demonstration of homophobia.”

How exactly has the AOH perpetrated this remarkable redefinition? Irish Queers doesn’t say exactly. Nor does the organization appear to recognize that the AOH is no longer the official sponsor of the parade. But it should be noted that gays are not banned from marching in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Gays can march in the parade, and they do, as members of the dozens of organizations approved by the parade committee. But all who march—gay, straight, or otherwise—must refrain from turning the parade into a political rally.

Some might call that tolerance. Some might call that inclusion. Not Irish Queers, which seems intent on forcing the parade committee not just to tolerate the gay community but to proclaim it. The group says it “will continue until we defeat the religious right attempt [sic] to hijack our communities and control our identities. The St. Patrick’s Day parade—the most public expression of the Irish community in America—is the right place exactly to stage our struggle.”

You could be forgiven for thinking the hullabaloo over the parade is just a regular, recurrent feature of life in the Big Apple. But while that may have been true last year, or ten years ago, or during the Dinkins administration, this year things are different. New York City now has a mayor committed to ensuring absolute obedience to progressive values. In just two short months in office, de Blasio has proved his willingness to use the power of his office to satisfy the grievances of political allies.

Just ask Eva Moskowitz, the Harlem charter school operator and former city councilwoman who had location approval for three of her highly effective Success Academy schools revoked by the new mayor in fulfillment of a campaign promise made to his teachers union supporters. Won’t the 700 or so New York City children who were going to attend those schools—which are among the best in the city—be forced back into their failing neighborhood schools as a result? Yeah, but who cares? Charters might be great for kids, but they don’t align with the mayor’s far-left politics, so they’ve got to go.

If I had to bet, I’d say that de Blasio and his city council allies will in the coming years move to revoke the parade organizers’ right to march. The stakes are very high, both locally and nationally, and as has been demonstrated repeatedly (most recently in Arizona), Democrats expect to reap great gains from pushing these “human rights” issues to the fore. “This is a parade that’s closing off our public streets, that is utilizing public resources, and it has chosen to discriminate openly,” said City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in announcing her decision to skip the parade. If the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is truly an open and city-sanctioned expression of discrimination, how can it be allowed to go on? How could de Blasio and the city council resist taking aim at such a fat target?

As a legal matter, shutting down the parade would be complicated. The city’s outrageously broad human rights law declares that “there is no greater danger to the health, morals, safety and welfare of the city and its inhabitants than the existence of groups prejudiced against one another” and Irish Queers hopes the mayor and the city council will use the law to bar uniformed personnel from marching. But judges have ruled in the past that the First Amendment allows the parade committee to determine who marches and who doesn’t. And, thanks to its longevity, the parade enjoys an exemption from the city’s normal permitting process. The council would have to amend the city’s administrative code in order to boot the St. Patrick’s Day Parade off 5th Avenue. That would perhaps be easier than pursuing a human rights case against the parade’s organizers, but it would be a mistake. If the parade committee is guilty of anything, it’s of refusing to kowtow to a faction intent on framing every political disagreement as a human rights issue.

Sometimes a parade is just a parade.

(Photo credit: Chip East / Reuters.)



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gays; glbt; guinness; homosexualagenda; ny; nyc; oldsods; parade; queers; sodomy; stpatricksday; stpatricksdayparade

1 posted on 03/17/2014 7:07:56 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
Guinness boycotts St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay exclusion

This is the celebration of a saint, not one's gender identification. Makes me sick.

2 posted on 03/17/2014 7:09:33 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer
There are other stouts that want our business.

3 posted on 03/17/2014 7:13:19 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: NYer

Gerald Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzgerald, after all...


4 posted on 03/17/2014 7:14:14 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: Genoa

They give a whole new meaning to head on a beer ...


5 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:48 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Genoa

I don’t know, it seems every commercial brew gets leaned on.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 7:18:04 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: NYer

Good grief! Keep the politics OUT!


7 posted on 03/17/2014 7:18:05 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: NYer

Am I wrong in thinking that the parade and its contents are a private affair and not a government event?....................


8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:18:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: NYer

I’ve wonder if this decision was made in Ireland or in the USA. Unfortunate. I’d hope the main office in Ireland would not do this.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:07 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: Genoa

Are there any out there?


10 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:12 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: BeadCounter
it seems every commercial brew gets leaned on

Then let them lean back.

11 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: NYer
Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and his allies ... are refusing to march in this year’s parade

GOOD!

They're just using the parade for political purposes and not to honor the Irish or any saint.

12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: NYer

Prediction: The St. Patrick’s Day in NYC WILL be take place next year, as always.

This NONSENSE will fail.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Red Badger

I certainly support the St. Pat’s parade organizers right to choose and refuse participants but maybe the activists can argue that the parade is on public streets.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 7:22:51 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: Genoa

“Then let them lean back.”

That’s the point, they may not. First Sam Adams and now Guiness give in. And some time ago, it was shown brews like Miller lent their name to the gay events. Sure, sounds good to say they should stick to principles.


15 posted on 03/17/2014 7:25:09 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: BeadCounter
It's like Cracker Barrel. They don't know their customer.

16 posted on 03/17/2014 7:27:52 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: NYer

Well if thats the case then I shall never drink another pint of Guiness.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 7:28:05 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Politicians and diapers need to be changed for the same reason)
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To: NYer

NYer I like to pint put the following observation from the great E B White. St Patrick and his devotees take over New York. Others are envious I think. A holy man taking over their gay friendly city

The play, ‘wicked’, I believe, has defused the power of evil in that character, but she is the embodiment of what happens whe goodness attempts existence in an area where evil has encroached
Homosexuals are welcome in the parade, indeed, in the church, but not the behavior and not a celebration of it

Be glad the ancient order of Hibernians and the parade organizers have with the courts have held this at bay in Manhattan. Not so in surrounding suburbs. Mayor DeBlasio is attending in Queens today as their parae is gay celebratory the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on this, but the mayor thinks they’re wrong and is vocal about that. He doesn’t celebrate prolifers views toward the court.

“I mention these merely to show that New York is peculiarly constructed to absorb almost anything that comes along (whether a thousand-foot liner out of the East or a twenty-thousand-man convention out of the West) without inflicting the event on its inhabitants; so that ever event is, in a sense, optional, and the inhabitant is in the happy position of being able to choose his spectacle and so conserve his soul. In most metropolises, small and large, the choice is often not with the individual at all. He is thrown to the Lions. The Lions are overwhelming; the event is unavoidable. A cornice falls, and it hits ever citizen on the head, every last man in town. I sometimes think the only event that hits every New Yorker on the head is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is fairly penetrating — the Irish are a hard race to tune out, and they have the police force right in the family.[…]

—From E.B. White’s “Here Is New York,” published in 1949.


18 posted on 03/17/2014 7:30:24 AM PDT by stanne
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To: BeadCounter

You apply for a parade permit and that allows you to use the street for a time for your event...............


19 posted on 03/17/2014 7:30:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Biggirl

Why would the Homos fail? They haven’t failed anywhere else. They are winning on every avenue. For Christ’s sake they even have main stream Protestant denominations endorsing a blatant sin of Homosexual activity!


20 posted on 03/17/2014 7:32:09 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: NYer

Erin go Bi!


21 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:10 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Jim from C-Town

Not only mainstream, but what was once truly conservative like Mennonites.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:07 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Genoa; BeadCounter
The problem in Guinness's case is that if it's Guinness against the Sodomites, the teetotalers won't show up for the fight.

23 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:29 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) is another one that I will now refuse to drink.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/boston-beer-co-boycotts-st-patricks-day-parade/nfDTL/

I’m sick of this kowtowing to the 1% of the population.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 7:36:18 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Politicians and diapers need to be changed for the same reason)
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To: NYer

In their perverted minds, Irish = Catholic = the enemy.

Long live Ireland and the Irish!


25 posted on 03/17/2014 7:38:07 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Chickensoup

All for a group of sexual deviants that are the epitome of personal selfishness! They are mentally ill and they have turned society into championing their mental illness.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: All

The special interests seem to pick a fight with NYC and Boston, I see none of this gay marching at some other parades:

St. Paul: http://stpatsassoc.org/ (families and local organizations)

Here’s Chicago below, I can’t find much on the sponsors but I don’t see anything out in the open looking “gay”. In fact, the sponsor looks to be the Plumber’s Union.

http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/

So for some reason, it looks like this fight is picked with NYC and Boston.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 7:45:19 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: NYer

Their homosexuality is their identity. That’s how firmly entrenched these people are. Challenge their sexuality or ability to flaunt it in any way they choose, and they will react as though you were trying to destroy them. When I see these tormented people, I began to fully realize the meaning of the Biblical expression, “lost”.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 7:48:09 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: NYer

Yes, and me as well.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 7:55:30 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2CAVTrooper
I’m sick of this kowtowing to the 1% of the population.

Then add the 30%+ enablers, too.
30 posted on 03/17/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: NYer

People go to these parades to wear green, maybe see some cultural displays, bring the kids, here is the NYC website,

http://nycstpatricksparade.org/

The parade has been around for more than 250 years, 1762.

Wow.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 8:08:12 AM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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To: NYer
Not this year, but the parade will eventually be destroyed.
32 posted on 03/17/2014 8:28:57 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: NYer

What would St. Patrick do with a bunch of people perverting his celebration? Would he drive them out like snakes?


33 posted on 03/17/2014 8:39:53 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: NYer

How hard could it be to round up a bunch of bully boys to pound the living mucous out of these agitators? Especially if they were from out of state, acted quickly, then disappeared, perhaps leaving behind some evidence that would implicate some other group?

That’s the thing about agitators. While they are willing to be martyred “for the cause”, they are not happy at all being put in the hospital for a month “for the cause”.

Of course, the usual blowhards would do their typical soap boxing, but you can bet the following year there would be a lot fewer radicals willing to disrupt the celebration.

Especially if the backers of the bully boys put out a quick news release after the fact calling it a “drunken brawl”, not an organized activity.


34 posted on 03/17/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: NYer

Guinness pulls sponsorship of New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Published March 17, 2014
FoxNews.com

What’s a St. Patrick’s Day parade without Guinness? The organizers of New York City’s annual march down Fifth Avenue are about to find out.

The makers of the popular Irish beer announced over the weekend that they pulled their sponsorship of the parade due to organizers’ longstanding rule against gay and lesbian groups marching openly.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:02 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: NYer

If I recall, didn’t the Queers get a whole day and parade to themselves to flaunt their deviancy in our faces. So that isn’t good enough , now, and they want to make every regular institution a showcase for themselves.


36 posted on 03/17/2014 9:12:43 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: NYer

If I recall, didn’t the Queers get a whole day and parade to themselves to flaunt their deviancy in our faces. So that isn’t good enough , now, and they want to make every regular institution a showcase for themselves.


37 posted on 03/17/2014 9:12:43 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: NYer

It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Parade not a freak show parade.


38 posted on 03/17/2014 10:05:09 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: NYer

Plenty to choose from:
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/03/17/top-10-irish-beers/


39 posted on 03/17/2014 10:05:16 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Biggirl

See post 39.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 10:07:05 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

Plenty to choose from:
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/03/17/top-10-irish-beers/

But a bunch of them are actually brewed by either Guinness or Heineken, both of which are boycotting the St. Pats parade. So take care in your selection.


41 posted on 03/17/2014 11:16:52 AM PDT by Help!
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To: NYer

I’ll take their commitment to diversity seriously when they start letting Westboro march in Pride parades. G’luck with that.


42 posted on 03/17/2014 1:40:24 PM PDT by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: All

They’re not targeting the parade per se, it’s the Catholic church.


43 posted on 03/17/2014 1:45:23 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: NYer

Guinness ticker is DEO - Diadeo plc. It’s down on St Patrick’s Day.


44 posted on 03/17/2014 3:53:51 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: Insigne123

Diageo, that is


45 posted on 03/17/2014 4:02:45 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: Insigne123
Guinness ticker is DEO - Diadeo plc. It’s down on St Patrick’s Day.

THANK YOU for sharing this insightful piece of news! Do you think it correlates with their decision insofar as the parade?

46 posted on 03/17/2014 4:35:55 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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of course they did, and the demonic MSM was with them all the time, supporting their activism. That’s all I heard for the last few weeks about the gays and diblasio not marching and so on...I’m sick of it.


47 posted on 03/17/2014 4:45:50 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: NYer

And the Irish will continue to vote for the likes of DeBlasio and Obama just like they did Clinton. Makes me sick how liberal they are. And where is Cardinal Dolan calling out the mayor and defending the faith?


48 posted on 03/17/2014 6:59:16 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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