Friday, March 17, 2006
St. Paddy's Parade Chair: Gays like Nazis, KKK, Prostitutes
NEW YORK - The chairman of the nation's biggest St. Patrick's Day Parade sidestepped questions Friday about his incendiary remarks about gays, as bagpipers and bands marched past hundreds of thousands of flag-waving spectators.
Organizers have faced questions about their attitudes toward gays and have barred an Irish gay and lesbian group for 16 straight years.
The snub led City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay and of Irish descent, to decline to participate in the Fifth Avenue march, and she blasted Dunleavy over remarks that appeared in The Irish Times on Thursday.
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?"
About the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, Dunleavy said, "People have rights. If we let the ILGO in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?"
GOI: Well, he could have just come out and said the basic, "we hate fags" but instead he went for the gold and compared them to Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and prostitutes. What's next? I suppose next year we will hear some or all of the following: Gays are terrorists, gays are child molestors or gays have cloven feet. You know, there was a time when the Irish were heavily discriminated against. Isn't it interesting how quickly people forget their history of being discriminated against only to become the ones who perpetrate the descrimination?
However, he didn't win the gold for "worst bigot of St. Patricks Day 2006." Noooo, that honor goes to the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the supreme religious authority for Shi'ite Msulims in Iraq and worldwide.
In the midst of sectarian violence that threatens to drag Iraq into civil war, the country's influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has issued a violent death order against gays and lesbians on his Web site, according to London-based LGBT human rights groups OutRage.
Written in Arabic, the fatwa comes from a press conference with the powerful religious cleric, where he was asked about the judgment on sodomy and lesbianism. “Forbidden,” Sistani answered, according to OutRage, “Punished, in fact, killed. The people involved should be killed in the worst, most severe way of killing.”
GOI: Yey!!! Who's up for some good old fashioned torture and stoning???
My stomach is seriously sick right now.
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