Cardinal’s "Gay = KKK" Comment Sparks Street Protest
Even though Chicago Cardinal Francis George apologized for the comments he made in December for linking gays to the Ku Klux Klan, it did not satisfy some gay rights activists as they protested outside Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago last weekend, reported the Chicago Tribune in a Jan. 9 article.
"It is totally inadequate," Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, said about George’s apology on the archdiocese’s website. "When it came time to issue an apology he chose the most passive manner to do it. ... I would say it to his face."
In late December, EDGE reported that George went on Chicago’s Fox News station and complained about the 2012 Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which would pass by Our Lady of Mount Carmel on West Belmont Street due to a change in the parade’s route.
"You know, you don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism," George said. "So I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don’t know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s, you know, position on that."
A few days after making the anti-gay comments, George defended his remarks in a statement, EDGE noted in a Dec. 2011, posting.
"The organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church," George said.