The chairman for the very popular St. Patrick's Day Parade here in New York basically told those who want to force immoral activities such as homosexuality down parade-goers throats, where to stick it:
Protesters joined bagpipers, marching bands and thousands of flag-waving spectators at the St. Patrick's Day parade Friday after the parade's chairman compared gay Irish-American activists to neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and prostitutes.
As huge, happy crowds lined the streets, the chairman, John Dunleavy, sidestepped questions about his remarks to The Irish Times.
"Today is St. Patrick's Day. We celebrate our faith and heritage, everything else is secondary," he said before the start of the Fifth Avenue parade.
Dunleavy set off a firestorm this week when he told the newspaper: "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow Neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"
Referring to the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, Dunleavy said, "People have rights. If we let the ILGO in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?"
Good for Chairman Dunleavy!
Needless to say, the liberal press, gays and gay activists will make Dunleavy out to be a hatemonger for daring to exclude gays from a private & religious group's celebration of Irish heritage, but Dunleavy and the rest of parade's supporters should ignore the all-too-common leftwing lunacy and just keep doing what they're doing. And judging from the parade's continued and immense popularity (a throng of 2 million-plus New Yorkers watched this year's parade of 150,000 marchers) they're doing an excellent job.