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Bill Donohue: St. Patrick's Parade Risks Being Gay Pride Rally

By    |   Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:36 PM

Catholic League President Bill Donohue is not backing down from his comments last week suggesting that gay participants in next year's New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade need to "behave" and keep "their pants on."

Donohue told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he still has reason to be concerned that gay participants will undermine a traditional, religiously themed event that honors a Catholic saint by turning the march into a gay-pride bash.

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For the first time in the parade's 252-year history, a gay organization has received the blessing of parade organizers to join the procession under its own banner. Gay participation also got a thumbs-up from New York's Catholic spiritual leader, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will lead the 2015 parade.

Donohue said that other gay-rights groups now want in, and that at least one gay activist with a history of anti-Catholic animus is campaigning for a spot in the lineup.

"At 9 o'clock this morning . . . there was a press conference with three groups led by Irish Queers," said Donohue, who identified one speaker, Ann Northrop, as "one of the founders and architects of the Nazi-like storming of St. Patrick's Cathedral during a mass, when gays crashed in there and they chained themselves to the pews, they spit the Eucharist on the floor."

Irish Queers is one of several Irish LGBT groups that march under their own banners.

Northrop participated in Act-Up's 1989 "Stop the Church" demonstration inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to protest Catholic policies on gay-rights issues.

Donohue said gay activists in New York have gone out of their way to insult Catholicism on more than one occasion because of the church's teaching that homosexuality is a sin.

"I've got the proof," he said. "I hired a photographer – see, I got a nose for this. This is not an issue where somebody may be right and somebody's wrong. I'm right and they're wrong. Why? Because I have the pictures.

"I have pictures of men masturbating in the streets in New York in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral back in 1994 at the 25th anniversary celebration of Stonewall. I have pictures of men and women going naked in the streets doing Satanic dances with their middle fingers extended saying a certain word as they went by St. Patrick's Cathedral in an illegal march."

Donohue said he's also concerned about St. Patrick's Day based on gay marchers' behavior at other gay-themed events, such as the city's annual Gay Pride parade.

"I still don't think it's normal for men to walk around in their jock straps . . . simulating sodomy on floats, but that's what still goes on. And these are not spectators; these are the participants," he said. "Where are the people condemning this kind of thing?

"I'm not saying most gays are like this; obviously, most gays are good people just like most heterosexuals are. Unfortunately, here is a minority of activists who are stridently anti-Catholic, and I'm not going to be afraid to call attention to it even though I'm the one that's called the names. But I'm not going to be a coward."

Donohue reiterated his promise to support next year's parade if it also permits a group of anti-abortion Catholics to march in it under a banner of their own.

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