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Chicago Cardinal George: 'It's Absurd' to Say Gays and Lesbians are the KKK, 'But...' — VIDEO


Last week we reported that Cardinal Francis George compared Chicago Gay Pride marchers to KKK members, saying,

"You don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism."

The remarks drew outrage from activist groups and local media.

Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov told "To compare LGBT equality movement to the KKK is beyond irresponsible. The Cardinal not only mocks LGBT people who are struggling for equal protection under the law, but he also trivializes the real suffering experienced by KKK's victims - African Americans, Jews, and others - in the darkest days of our country's history."

Windy City Times editor and publisher Tracy Baim called on the Cardinal to step down.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

On Wednesday, organizers with Chicago's annual gay pride parade agreed to a later start time after Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church leaders objected to a newly-proposed route they claimed would block access to Sunday Masses. Leaders said the new route would draw massive crowds and block the church's entrance.

On Thursday, Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that work for LGBT rights, called his comments “crude” and “demagogic."

“Cardinal George’s offensive comments are further evidence of just how insensitive and out of touch the hierarchy is, and why opposition to its views is necessary,” the group said in a statement.

Yesterday, George attempted to soften his remarks while out and about on his Christmas day duties:

"Obviously, it's absurd to say the gay and lesbian community are the Ku Klux Klan, but if you organize a parade that looks like parades that we've had in our past because it stops us from worshipping God, well then that's the comparison, but it's not with people and people - it's parade-parade," said George.

Watch ABC7's interview with George about the remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Anything the Church comes up with to denounce other people can be viewed - and rightly so! - as deflection. They will do or say anything rather than clean house on their institutionally sanctioned pedophiles.

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 26, 2011 8:07:19 AM

  2. Well then you shouldn't have said it, you bald fool. Who the hell ARE these men, who think that you can just say such a thing and get away with it?

    Posted by: Steerpike | Dec 26, 2011 8:56:17 AM

  3. This liar can try to back-track all he wants, but he fact is he said the RHETORIC of the LGBT movement was like the KKK. He said nothing about parades.
    I remember because I was struck by the irony of him slurring our community with hateful rhetoric while accusing us of it.

    Posted by: Urmensch | Dec 26, 2011 9:06:22 AM

  4. Katholic Khurch Kulture is what is truly out of whack in this country...

    Certainly not a bunch of gay people smiling & dancing in the streets.

    I wish more people would push-back.

    Can we get T-shirts in time for this year's parade that say, "STFU George!"

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Dec 26, 2011 9:19:00 AM

  5. The good "cardinal" sounds like a major closet case to me. I'm just sayin.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 26, 2011 9:33:39 AM

  6. Interesting how no other businesses decided they needed to be "consulted" or give approval to the parade route. Rather, from what I understand, businesses appreciate the extra traffic. And it's almost worse that he accuses the LGBT parade of deliberately moving the route to disrupt his services (which, granted, I would have done).

    Posted by: JT | Dec 26, 2011 9:39:32 AM

  7. And a woman sampling hand lotion in the background.

    Posted by: Mke | Dec 26, 2011 9:44:30 AM

  8. Was I wrong in reading that the LGBT parade organizers agreed to a time change on the parade so it would not interfere with the church's service? So LGBT organizers compromise (or demure) and this is the thanks we get?

    Polls show that Catholics are more pro LGBT rights including marriage than their prostestant counter parts. The Cardinal's words will only drive more fair minded people away from the church. The main cause of the demise of the church, is the church leadership. I am 48 and I think we might see the collapse of the Catholic Church in the US in my lifetime.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Dec 26, 2011 9:48:32 AM

  9. The Theology of Social Justice and Peace advocates the responsibility of all branches of the Catholic faith to provide the voice and, if necessary, the physical presence to counter any and all attempts to deny or prevent any person from their God-given rights and dignity.

    With all due respect, I believe that Cardinal George’s comments have failed to witness these values and obligations which are held sacred by all catholic jurisdictions.

    Sometimes these actions must go beyond writing letters to the Editors or posting personal Blogs. It is the baptismal obligations of all Catholics, regardless of their jurisdiction to sometimes take strong and proactive stances to fight all forms of injustice to others.

    The history of the pastoral administration of the Catholic faith is permanently stained by its many past acts of social prejudices and even the murders of others in the ‘name of the faith.’ These past sins of our shared history must be atoned for by this generation of all branches of Catholicism through the embracement of the sacredness rooted in the Theology of Social Justice and Peace.

    As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we need not compare those who advocate peace and justice within the Kingdom of God on Earth to the KKK. We need to compare the faith of these advocates, these modern workers in the vineyard - to that of our Holy Family

    Posted by: Bishop James Alan Wilkowski | Dec 26, 2011 9:53:06 AM

  10. chicago gay pride organizers should divert resources to set up large screen tvs showing a loop of his comments, and play it outside the steps of mass that day. maybe the congregants would form their own opinion, and some change would occur.

    Posted by: shane | Dec 26, 2011 9:53:08 AM

  11. Here's a thought, "cardinal": how about welcoming and celebrating LGBT as part of the flock trying to grow closer to Jesus instead of trying to alienate yourself and your "followers" from them. Harden not your heart as at Meribah!

    Posted by: Henry | Dec 26, 2011 9:57:13 AM

  12. The KKK has their own parade? And it is similar to ours? Odd. I can't imagine that a bunch of guys wearing nothing but white pointy hoods and thongs atop a float blasting bad disco music would appeal to the KKK's demographic.

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 26, 2011 10:51:04 AM

  13. The KKK has their own parade? And it is similar to ours? Odd. I can't imagine that a bunch of guys wearing nothing but white pointy hoods and thongs atop a float blasting bad disco music would appeal to the KKK's demographic.

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 26, 2011 10:51:05 AM

  14. I think the Cardinal has gotten his "crusades" mixed up with "parades."

    It is sad that a religion based on the precept of "love thy neighbor" instead today bombards parents about the "sin" of homosexuality, resulting in a shocking number of young people getting kicked out of their homes because their sexual orientation is perceived as a "sin" that cannot be abided by their parents, whose church-taught views sadly trump their duty to love and protect their children.

    Homelessness is one of the worst perils faced by gay youth.

    Religious leaders owe a duty to these parents and children alike to keep families intact and let kids stay in their homes, regardless of their actual or preceived sexual orientation.

    Life on the streets for LGBTQ youngsters is fraught with danger and perils ranging from hunger, poor hygiene, tuberculosis, alcohol abuse, infectious diseases, drugs, gangs, crime and death. Many teens are forced into obtaining shelter and food by providing sexual favors – thereby exposing themselves to STDs and worse.

    No duty of a parent can be greater than loving and protecting their children. For a religion to impose judgment upon a family that can lead only to its destruction – and to the loss by a child of his or her home – is unconscionable.

    After all, when a kid winds up alone on the street, that is the most likely one-way ticket to hell.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Two | Dec 26, 2011 11:27:06 AM

  15. Keeping the almighty collection plate from passing that Sunday is what's really pissed them off

    Posted by: Mitchell | Dec 26, 2011 11:54:41 AM

  16. Cardinal--sorry you're inconvenienced for a day. You're church has done FAR worse. Let me know if you get that blood off your hands. Oh..and Happy Winter Solstice!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Dec 26, 2011 3:08:09 PM

  17. how odd. churches and religious groups that are not anti-gay don't seem to have these problems or concerns.

    gays dont' disrupt the lives of christians. gays disrupt the lives of anti-gays.

    sorta how like the preventive measure to make sure you're never possessed and in need of an exorcism is to simply not believe in all that hocus pocus in the first place.

    these folks start fires and then complain about them. nonsense.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 26, 2011 3:14:35 PM

  18. I would love nothing more for the demise of the Catholice church; have a schism like the Presbytarian Church.

    Posted by: TooBoot | Dec 26, 2011 3:36:49 PM

  19. and how the church will use tax free dollars to run tv commercials to beg people back to the church. while the bishops drive people away and cover up child abuse.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 26, 2011 3:38:01 PM

  20. Thanks to Towleroad posting a Tim Minchin song the other day, I have discovered a perfect response to Cardinal George.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 26, 2011 4:31:34 PM

  21. You don't get to the office of archbishop, let alone cardinal, if you're a dimwit. He knew exactly what he was saying and he made the comparison on purpose.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 26, 2011 9:41:17 PM

  22. The inside matches the outside. I'd pity him, but he's just too damn evil.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 26, 2011 11:45:48 PM

  23. He should tone down the bleating. Nothing is stopping him or his flock from worshiping his/their God. That is a laughable comment. It is not surprising that he inflates a proposed schedule change for the parade into some kind of anti-Catholic outrage; he blissfully ignores the ugly history of his church and its treatment of gay people as subhuman. This is supposedly the basis for respect of his worship schedule? Sorry, Francis, this is not the City of Catholic Chicago. It is the City of Chicago.

    Posted by: tomchicago | Dec 27, 2011 12:58:57 AM

  24. The Catholic Church, first in hypocrisy, Bingo, and Alter-boy Abused Kids has this for the leader of Chicago's Catholics. However, it won't be the last time for his rants. The Chicago 2012 Gay Pride Parade backed down on starting next year's Parade 2 hours earlier, because it might interrupt early church services. It's time to fight stop pandering to the hateful preachings of any religious diatribes.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacherj | Dec 27, 2011 2:29:04 AM

  25. I've seen one of the new ads by the Catholic Church begging people to come back to church. It is sort of like the ads by the US Post Office begging people to ask for printed copies of their bills to be mailed to them instead of using email.

    Desperate times call for desperate actions?

    Posted by: Movin' toward the future | Dec 27, 2011 7:42:35 AM

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