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GAY PRIDE PARADE WON’T BEND ITS RULES (bars Catholic League "Straight is Great" banner)
Catholic League ^ | March 21, 2014 | Bill Donohue

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 Catholics—not just gays—are 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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: anticatholicbigotry; doublestandard; fdrq; gaypride; gaystapotactics; glbt; h8ters; heterophobes; heterphobia; homosexualagenda; hypocrites; lavendermafia; nothingtoseehere; parade; pinkjournalism; smashthepatriarchy; waronmarriage
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Guinness pulls out of NY's St. Patrick's parade over ban on gays
1 posted on 03/23/2014 4:11:05 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 03/23/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

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.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 4:14:44 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: NYer

I am waiting for Sam Adams to withdraw.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 4:16:47 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: depressed in 06

Was the pun intended??


5 posted on 03/23/2014 4:17:23 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (Your opinion: It's all yours....don't expect me to listen to it, or even acknowledge it..)
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To: NYer

“gay training sessions”

I don’t even want to know.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 4:18:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

So, we have the solution.

All normal people and groups start marching in the ‘gay’ (as unhappy) parades. Take them over.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 4:18:48 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: ThunderSleeps
but unless Catholics and Mormons and Baptists and conservatives in general actually start sueing these people words mean absolutely nothing....

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...

8 posted on 03/23/2014 4:20:44 PM PDT by cherry
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To: NYer
It would be best if the Catholics didn't even participate. A gay parade is an event to make God apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. I would be embarrassed to be in a gay parade as somebody might recognize me and wouldn't want God to see me there either as he might turn me into a pillar of salt.
9 posted on 03/23/2014 4:22:42 PM PDT by Vinylly (?)
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To: NYer

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.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 4:23:35 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (B/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: BenLurkin

Why do I suspect many NAMBLA members may be in attendance.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 4:23:35 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: ThunderSleeps

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.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 4:25:58 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: NYer

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.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 4:35:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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14 posted on 03/23/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Viennacon

Can I march with a “ I despise butthole pirates, rug munchers , and peophiles sign”?


15 posted on 03/23/2014 4:45:34 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: NYer

Liberals DEMAND tolerance of their viewpoints, and are extremely intolerant toward those who dissent.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 4:51:43 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 4:55:47 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Vinylly
no....true Catholics and Christians and observant Jews and even muslims should shove their way into the gay parades etc.......if the gays can force major companies to boycott, certainly religious folks could do it...

but we have no gumption....we have no guts at all....we need a leader and we have none...

18 posted on 03/23/2014 4:56:14 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Oliviaforever
"Apparently the gays have some kind of meeting before the parade and all participants are required to attend."

Is it held in a bathhouse?

19 posted on 03/23/2014 4:58:03 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: NYer

are they going to court? Are they suing with the Human rights commission assisting?


20 posted on 03/23/2014 5:08:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: cherry

but we have no gumption....we have no guts at all....we need a leader and we have none...

_________________

Which is why we are losing the culture war.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 5:09:47 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

On what grounds could they possibly sue?


22 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:03 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Chickensoup

If Jesus reappeared He would surely chide a lot of people, from left to right, for their lack of love. The port side and the starboard side of the boat to hell both arrive.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: cherry
but we have no gumption....we have no guts at all....we need a leader and we have none.

How about you leading us? I'm serious.

24 posted on 03/23/2014 5:11:40 PM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: frogjerk

With a cherry on top?


25 posted on 03/23/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Oliviaforever

In the construction world that wuold be known as a “tailgate” meeting.

But somehow the term doesn’t seem right in this context.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 5:13:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Edward Teach

is mac daddy going to attend since he has no other pressing problems to deal with, oh wait he just heard about those problems from the news - never mind.


27 posted on 03/23/2014 5:13:43 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: NYer

While I completely sympathize with the overall point, are there really that many people that like parades so much that these things are a big deal?

I’d rather have root canal than stand around for hours “staking out a spot” to watch a band and some puppets march by.


28 posted on 03/23/2014 5:18:02 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: depressed in 06
well they pulled out of boston, so...
29 posted on 03/23/2014 5:21:27 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: NYer

The homo agenda is not about acceptance or tolerance. It’s all about satan mocking God through His own creation. It would be kind of funny for God’s children to return the favor in kind.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 5:21:45 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: NYer

How about
Straight is the Real Normal!


31 posted on 03/23/2014 5:33:16 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: cherry

The Mormons have been boycotting Guiness for a long time already. I hope Catholics and other Christians join them soon.


32 posted on 03/23/2014 5:44:05 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

I’d like to see a take back the rainbow movement.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 5:44:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Seems like telling the queer lobby where to shove it might not be the thing the media is willing to report....


34 posted on 03/23/2014 5:53:18 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Somehow I doubt Donahue showing up at some gay pride parade meeting was going to be about “how to assemble.” Gay activists aren’t much into civility especially when they have one and only one dissenter in the room. Been there, done that.

Of course, I think anybody who wants to march or even attend a parade - Irish, Gay, or Mormon is someone with too much time on their hands.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 5:57:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Donahue might not have been the best person for that anyhow. Egads! They spat at me! Instead of telling them how God has a better idea.


36 posted on 03/23/2014 5:58:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I love Bill Donahue! I think he’s hilarious, intelligent and has that NY moxie that annoys everybody but a fellow NYer. Not everybody is into preaching, you know.


37 posted on 03/23/2014 6:22:45 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: narses
GAY PRIDE PARADE WON’T BEND ITS RULES (bars Catholic League "Straight is Great" banner)

LOLOLOLOL! I hope Donohue tries again and again.

38 posted on 03/23/2014 6:37:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Fedupwithit
Was the pun intended??

What pun?

39 posted on 03/23/2014 6:55:27 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“Somehow I doubt Donahue showing up at some gay pride parade meeting was going to be about “how to assemble.””

I suspect that’s exactly what this meeting was. I’ve been involved with a number of parades, both as a parade organizer and as a liaison to groups marching in the parade, and these meetings are standard fare in nearly every parade.


40 posted on 03/23/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

It will be run by the Gaystapo..


41 posted on 03/23/2014 7:32:30 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
The gay parade folks called Donohue’s bluff, and now he’s trying to save face.

Ya, pretty much. His attempt was a mistake in the first place, I think he would lose more than he would gain. And as far as saving face, ya, you're probably right, but I'm not going to blame the guy for it. He lucked out at being given (or creating) a chance to back out from his mistake.

42 posted on 03/23/2014 7:51:40 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (It is the nature of liberals to pervert whatever they touch.)
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To: NYer

Somehow this is OK but excluding a gay banner from the St. Patrick;s Day Parade isn’t?

I’m for allowing both exclusions.


43 posted on 03/23/2014 7:58:32 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
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.

Careful there! You're talking sense! < /sarc>

44 posted on 03/23/2014 9:15:38 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: NYer

A parade MUST allow gay groups to march while promoting their “gayness”. But a straight group isn’t allowed to promote it’s “straightness” in a gay parade.


45 posted on 03/23/2014 9:17:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Have you ever been at a meeting surrounded by angry gay male activists? Well, I have, and it’s not about “let’s all meet at 86th Street and Madison Avenue.” Bill Donahue has a long history of battling angry gays over their evil behavior towards various Catholic churches in the city. It would have been a perfect opportunity for them to attack him and/or “reeducate” him.

I have no doubt that if Bill Donahue was not a part of this parade, it might have been a straight-forward logistical meeting. Pun, unintended.


46 posted on 03/24/2014 4:01:23 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: NurdlyPeon

“Ya, pretty much. His attempt was a mistake in the first place”

I agree completely, his attempt was a mistake. The gay activists had absolutely nothing to lose by saying “sure, you can march in our parade,” since there was never even the slightest chance that Bill Donohue was ever, in a million years, going to march in a gay pride parade. It was an obvious bluff by Donohue, so why wouldn’t they call it?


47 posted on 03/24/2014 6:14:40 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

You’re full of it! Donahue would have gladly marched in the parade. And if you think the activists had nothing to lose, you’re wrong again. He would have had things thrown at him and would have been cursed in the most scatological terms. Fox News, at least, would have reported on this - and certainly my pals over at Gay Patriot would have made a huge deal of it. And Breitbart and all the other conservative media outlets.


48 posted on 03/24/2014 7:14:47 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No, this is not how we compete. Donohue is playing on their turf, the ideology of radical tolerance. They called his silly bluff and now he looks like a fool. There is no equivalence between a straight (or at least non-ideological) parade and a specifically queer one.


49 posted on 03/24/2014 7:29:15 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: miss marmelstein

Nonsense. He was never going to march. He even admitted that the whole point was to see how far he could get before running into ANY “mandatory” rules. He never intended to actually march, he was trying to prove a point.


50 posted on 03/24/2014 8:33:31 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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