Full-page ad: ‘Hey, Cardinal Francis George, Gay is not like the KKK’

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Truth Wins Out has purchased a full-page ad in this Sunday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune. The ad is headlined, “Hey, Cardinal Francis George, Gay is not like the KKK.”

George, the archbishop for the Catholic Church in Chicago, has at least twice likened LGBT people to members of the Ku Klux Klan in challenging a plan to change the route and starting time of the annual Pride parade.

Organizers are changing the route, which will now go past a North Side Catholic church, and had considered changing the start time from noon to 10 a.m. But, responding last week to objections from the church, which was concerned about interference with Sunday Mass, organizers returned to the noon hour.

George, in discussing the matter, likened LGBT people to KKK members. He said, “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 reasserted the claim in a letter posted on the diocese website this week. He stated, “The organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.”

Truth Wins Out, a grassroots group that challenges anti-gay statements, teachings and therapies, is taking on the cardinal in the ad and, in an online Change.org petition, is calling for George to resign.

“We felt compelled to place this ad after Cardinal George compounded his initial smear with further insults disguised as an apology,” said TWO executive director Wayne Besen. “It seems the sin of pride is keeping George from saying he is sorry for his outrageous and misleading remarks about Gay Pride. At this point, the only road to redemption is his resignation.”