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Pathetic Catholic League Whiner Bill Donohue Gets Cold Feet About Marching in the NYC Pride Parade

Earlier this week we reported that Catholic League bigmouth Bill Donohue was making a big deal about the fact that he was going to test the tolerance and inclusiveness of the LGBT community in response to the controversy over the St. Patrick's Day parade's exclusion of gay groups. He was going to apply to march in NYC's LGBT Pride parade.

DonohueDonohue was hoping to raise a stink when he was turned down, but the parade organizers said he could march.

Donohue today announced that he was not going to march, using the sorry excuse of a mandatory "information session" as a way to weasel out of it.

Read Donohue's pathetic statement below.

Writes Donohue on the Catholic League site:

For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York’s annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial. I asked to join the parade under a banner that would read, “Straight is Great.” The purpose of my request was to see just how far they would go without forcing me to abide by their rules. It didn’t take long before they did.

Today, I informed Heritage of Pride officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay training sessions, or what they call “information” sessions. “I don’t agree with your rule,” I said. They responded by saying that attendance was “mandatory.”

The St. Patrick’s Day parade has mandatory rules, too. It bars groups representing their own cause from marching, which is why pro-life Catholics—not just gays—are barred from participating under their own banner. But only gays complain: they refuse to abide by the rules. Indeed, they went into federal court seeking to force a rule change. They lost. In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that private parades have a First Amendment right to determine their own rules.

It is hypocritical for gay activists to complain about having to abide by the mandatory rules of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and then inform me that I cannot march in their parade unless I respect their mandatory rules, rules that I reject. Good luck to the Heritage of Pride participants. I may be watching it from afar, but I sure won’t be downing a Guinness afterwards.

Notice how Donohue tried to embellish the requirements, first calling the information sessions some kind of "gay training" session as if we would want to recruit him.

Rich Juzwiak offered him some advice on that note:

" for those 'gay training sessions,' nobody wants Bill Donohue's ass and he should stop flattering himself. Take a number, buddy, it'll be in the millions."

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  1. It's ok. I expect the parade to get its own Macy's style giant gasbag balloon of Bill, emblazoned with "Straight is Great" to fly above the parade route. It'll be grand.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 21, 2014 7:33:03 PM

  2. Now I get it...QUEERTY only reported half the story....once again....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 21, 2014 7:36:48 PM

  3. Does it not occur to Mr. Donohue that there may be liability issues or public safety issues, for instance in case of a catastrophe like the Boston Marathon bombing. So, I can definitely understand a representative from each group walking should get the information.

    Now maybe this impacts him a little extra being a group of one marching. But, maybe that should tell him something, too.

    Posted by: PaulK | Mar 21, 2014 7:43:18 PM

  4. well he just has to read this site or go GLAADs to see the "inclusiveness". Trans, hermaphrodites, confused and what ever group some activist pulls out of their ass is "included" in our community whether we invited them or not

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 21, 2014 7:49:14 PM

  5. Big parades like these obviously have to have an information session. Could you imagine trying to coordinate something as big as NY Pride or Macy's Thanksgiving Parade without giving lots of details out to each and every group there? You gotta know where to line up, where the emergency evacuations are, the route of the parade, and how to contact emergency personnel along the route. It's a logistical feat of major proportions.
    This Donahue guy is a complete fool if he thinks that anyone thinks his excuse is valid.

    Posted by: robert | Mar 21, 2014 7:51:42 PM

  6. Is anyone still donating money to the Catholic League? I have a feeling that Bill is feeling the pinch of dropping donations and his bluster is all he has left.

    Posted by: bkmn | Mar 21, 2014 7:52:34 PM

  7. he just wiped his ass with the 9th commandment of his church. he's going to hell missy :)

    Posted by: jed | Mar 21, 2014 8:03:00 PM

  8. watta gasbag. every group that participates in the parade has to undergo the training. management of the parade has become infinitely more exacting since 9/11/2001. The rules of participating are pretty rigid, but are designed to prevent accidents, violence, injury and other untoward events. it has nothing to do with being gay or not gay: it's the conditions of participating in one of the many annual parades in NYC.

    This dude has a personality disorder.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Mar 21, 2014 8:03:07 PM

  9. Actually he withdrew when he heard that below the waist nudity wasn't allowed.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 21, 2014 8:09:47 PM

  10. Why are gays trying to force themselves on private entities? You say you want marriage long as no one is forced to perform the ceremonies against their God-given conscience, I am willing to support this right. But to try to pressure private Christian organizations to accept your lifestyle choices is EVIL.

    As to Mr. Donahue he is a joke. True Christians should have known to stay away from politics and concentrate on praising our mighty God. It is obvious to me that there will be great trials ahead for true worshippers of Jesus. We are being punished for mingling with the world. What is to come for us will make the Roman arenas look like child's play. In some ways we deserve it and I for one, thank God for all the suffering ahead.

    Posted by: June | Mar 21, 2014 8:25:37 PM

  11. I seriously doubt he knows what will be discussed in the session, but it makes good press to his few faithful to lambast it. All this on the theory that he who throws the first stone usually wins.

    Posted by: Burt | Mar 21, 2014 8:27:21 PM

  12. He's scurred. What a chicken.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 21, 2014 8:27:31 PM

  13. ^............ Oooooookay...

    So moral victory for us at least, by showing we're inclusive, it's not that they can use the excuse that we wouldn't let people who aren't in line with our philosophy march in our parades.

    Posted by: Vera | Mar 21, 2014 8:28:28 PM

  14. What a liar. He never said that he would march "unless I have to attend a training session". He said he would march, and he clearly expected to be turned down, so now he's engineered his own turning down.

    Transparent loser.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 21, 2014 8:28:42 PM

  15. What a liar. He never said that he would march "unless I have to attend a training session". He said he would march, and he clearly expected to be turned down, so now he's engineered his own turning down.

    Transparent loser.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 21, 2014 8:28:43 PM

  16. LOL, June!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Mar 21, 2014 8:32:49 PM

  17. Lol, what a silly, superstitious troll June is. As though the government were trying to force churches to perform same-sex marriages. Anyone who claims this to be the case had either been lied to or is lying themselves.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 21, 2014 8:39:37 PM

  18. @styler : what does QUEERTY have to do with it? This is a different web site.

    As to Donahue's complaint about an "information session", it is BS. Of course there are rules. I was in the SF pride parade last year, and one of the rules was that a group with a float had to have safety monitors walking next to it. The idea was to have someone watching out that nobody
    accidentally ended up being run over. At some parade or other, that had happened and they were taking no chances on anything that could lead to a lawsuit. I didn't have to go to any information or training sessions, but you needed some number of people who did.

    Since Donahue wasted everyone's time by playing games, let's put up a blow-up doll of him with a sign, "Straight is great 'cause it makes more gays." His round face and tummy make him a perfect match for a balloon.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 21, 2014 8:49:16 PM

  19. @ BILL :

    It is a great idea to have him there in effigy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 21, 2014 8:55:23 PM

  20. @Mike in the Tundra: Bill Donahue could care less about below-the-waist nudity. If he looked down while completely starkers, he probably couldn't see anything objectionable, even if it were erect. With that tummy of his, it is "out of sight, out of mind."

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 21, 2014 8:56:13 PM

  21. He is a piece of dog sh*t.
    Actually dog sh*t has more value than that worm.

    Posted by: ciseaux | Mar 21, 2014 8:57:32 PM

  22. @Styler

    Queerty is tragic lol

    Posted by: ciseaux | Mar 21, 2014 8:58:15 PM

  23. Probably Bill-Do hasn't walked more than a block in the last 20 years, so looking for whatever excuse possible not to march multiple blocks. His heart will be pounding harder as it is with all the hot bodies he will be surrounded by. Maybe he could organize the gay paramedics to march right behind him.

    Posted by: castaway | Mar 21, 2014 8:58:57 PM

  24. I remember several people calling this in earlier articles on Towleroad. A bunch of people KNEW he would make an excuse and back out if accepted. WOW some of you can pattern your homophobes really well!

    Posted by: Water | Mar 21, 2014 9:28:41 PM

  25. Does anyone know what is covered during the information session? I'm going to assume it's fairly dry stuff like how to line up, what times are involved, what to do when there are problems, etc. It would be impractical for the information session to go over issues covered by the application itself, as that would mean each marching group would have to discuss their application. I also doubt there is much propaganda enforcement, particularly since political groups march and have different agendas.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 21, 2014 9:57:59 PM

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