Skip to comments.GAY PRIDE PARADE WON’T BEND ITS RULES (bars Catholic League "Straight is Great" banner)
Posted on 03/23/2014 4:11:05 PM PDT by NYer
Bill Donohue comments on his exchange with officials from New York’s Heritage of Pride parade:
For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York’s annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial. I asked to join the parade under a banner that would read, “Straight is Great.” The purpose of my request was to see just how far they would go without forcing me to abide by their rules. It didn’t take long before they did.
Today, I informed Heritage of Pride officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay training sessions, or what they call “information” sessions. “I don’t agree with your rule,” I said. They responded by saying that attendance was “mandatory.”
The St. Patrick’s Day parade has mandatory rules, too. It bars groups representing their own cause from marching, which is why pro-life Catholicsnot just gaysare barred from participating under their own banner. But only gays complain: they refuse to abide by the rules. Indeed, they went into federal court seeking to force a rule change. They lost. In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that private parades have a First Amendment right to determine their own rules.
It is hypocritical for gay activists to complain about having to abide by the mandatory rules of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and then inform me that I cannot march in their parade unless I respect their mandatory rules, rules that I reject.
Good luck to the Heritage of Pride participants. I may be watching it from afar, but I sure won’t be downing a Guinness afterwards.
So much for being accepting and inclusive. But then I’m not really surprised. The louder and longer people preach or screech about diversity and tolerance the less tolerant they really are.
I am waiting for Sam Adams to withdraw.
Was the pun intended??
“gay training sessions”
I don’t even want to know.
So, we have the solution.
All normal people and groups start marching in the ‘gay’ (as unhappy) parades. Take them over.
make a big stink against the mayor and Guiness and anyone else who dared not support the St Paddy days parades and go from there....
words mean nothing at all...
This is the way to compete with the gay lobby.
Lobby them right back.
I agree 100% with this approach. This is how we compete.
Why do I suspect many NAMBLA members may be in attendance.
No free speech for you!
On the other hand, given the (highly tolerant of others)crowd expected, I’d almost put doing this to an “inciting a riot” level.
This is utter nonsense from Donohue. They didn’t “bar” him from marching with the banner, they said he had to attend a pre-parade information session. Every single parade I’ve ever been involved with had this sort of info session - they deal with logistical issues (when/where to show up, how to assemble, where to check in, etc.). The gay parade folks called Donohue’s bluff, and now he’s trying to save face.
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Can I march with a “ I despise butthole pirates, rug munchers , and peophiles sign”?
Liberals DEMAND tolerance of their viewpoints, and are extremely intolerant toward those who dissent.
Apparently the gays have some kind of meeting before the parade and all participants are required to attend.
That policy is completely discriminatory and targets those who would find gay propaganda objectionable.
but we have no gumption....we have no guts at all....we need a leader and we have none...
Is it held in a bathhouse?
are they going to court? Are they suing with the Human rights commission assisting?