|Source: Village Voice Blogs|
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.
Never mind that Donohue stretches truth like taffy in order to conflate "gay training" with gay day parade logistical rules (rules the St. Patrick's Day parade also has, due to insurance regulations.)
Or that he also conflates self-identification with an agenda. (Donohue wants to dupe his followers into thinking that the statement "I'm gay" is equivalent to saying "I support abortion/gun rights/etc.")
Bill is also mad because Guinness pulled sponsorship of the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade over the LGBT exclusion issue.
Which is why AKSARBENT again posts Guinness' gay-inclusive ad, which Donohue will be delighted to know was suppressed in the UK because the stink his ilk raised after merely hearing of its existence frightened Guinness' parent company into never airing the commercial.