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?
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.
On what grounds could they possibly sue?
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.
How about you leading us? I'm serious.
With a cherry on top?
In the construction world that wuold be known as a “tailgate” meeting.
But somehow the term doesn’t seem right in this context.
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.
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.
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.
Straight is the Real Normal!
The Mormons have been boycotting Guiness for a long time already. I hope Catholics and other Christians join them soon.
I’d like to see a take back the rainbow movement.
Seems like telling the queer lobby where to shove it might not be the thing the media is willing to report....
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.
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.
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.
LOLOLOLOL! I hope Donohue tries again and again.
“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.
It will be run by the Gaystapo..
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.
Somehow this is OK but excluding a gay banner from the St. Patrick;s Day Parade isn’t?
I’m for allowing both exclusions.
Careful there! You're talking sense! < /sarc>
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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