Friday, March 17, 2006
From NY1 News:
Okay, call me madcap, but I've never heard of gangs of Gay Irish Catholics lynching straight Irish Catholics. Maybe some cutting sarcasm, but that's about it.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the St. Patrick's Day parade is offering his own explanation for the parade's treatment of gay and lesbian marchers. John Dunleavy's comments are sure to raise a few eyebrows.
In an interview with the Irish Times, Dunleavy says: "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?"
He went on to add: “If we let the [Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization] in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?"Why Jaysus, Mary and Saint Joseph! If ye go down that slippery slope, what's next? Irish Child Molesters?
Oh, wait a minute...
Seriously, the real argument for several years has been: Is the Parade a private thing, since it's organized by a private group (The Ancient Order of Hibernians) or, since it's on the city streets and you have to pay overtime to a lot of city cops, is it a public thing? If it's private, then the organizers have the right to exclude anyone they want to. If it's public, then they're bound to the anti-discrimination laws of the city.
But then, what do I know? I'm only a quarter Irish, like Jimmy Cagney.