Chicago's Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George is reiterating his odious comparison of LGBT Americans to the Ku Klux Klan, a group traditionally known for violence and racism. Wayne Besen writes: George’s offensive remarks first came during a dispute over the scheduled starting time of the annual gay pride parade in June. The event was originally set to begin at 10am, but a priest bitterly complained that the starting time would interfere with morning services.
In an attempt to demonstrate goodwill, the parade organizers had "reached an agreement with the church and moved the parade start time to noon to accommodate services." The compromise apparently had little impact on the Cardinal.
After backing off (slightly) from those initial hurtful remarks, His Worshipful Self is now declaring that it's the organizers' own fault that he was forced to liken them to murderous KKK bigots. From an official statement by the Archdiocese: (T)he organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940's, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.
The Equal Rights organization Truth Wins Out responded swiftly, taking out this print ad in the Chicago Tribune:
(Pictured Top Left: Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinal George; Right: Benedict aka Josef Ratzinger as a lad in Nazi Germany)