For the second consecutive year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are boycotting the nation’s largest and, at 250 years, oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The reason: After a backlash last year against a ban on gay groups led to de Blasio being the first mayor in 20 years to stay away from the popular event, parade organizers said they would allow only one gay group to march with a banner in this year’s parade.
That unit will be OUT@NBCUniversal, a corporate group for gay employees of NBCUniversal, a parade sponsor whose local affiliate will broadcast the event Tuesday.
Cities such as Boston and Washington had gay groups in their St. Patrick’s Day parades this year.
While the glories of capitalism may have turned St. Patrick’s Day into an opportunity to make some good money, it is still a religious feast day. I am not at all asserting that a parade is some sort of sacred religious event, but if the local cardinal is your grand marshal, there are still some ties to the Church. The Roman Catholic Church isn’t obligated to overhaul doctrine to accommodate the angry activist group du jour or a commie like Bill de Blasio. There are always activist groups and commies angry with the Church and there just isn’t that much time, even for an ancient institution.
Now, as is typical with activist groups, a concession was made but-IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
It never is.
Inclusion here doesn’t satisfy them, they want to be able to hijack the parade. If five groups are allowed to march, they’ll want ten, and so on.
Because, as with all militant activist groups, it is never about the thing they say it is.