Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George foolishly compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. He has crossed so far over the line of basic decency that he couldn’t see it with a pair of binoculars. George’s over-the-top remarks were extreme to the point where they shredded his credibility and permanently damaged his ability to serve as a respected voice of reason.
This outrageous comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan was so degrading and hurtful that apologizing will not be sufficient. George’s only road to redemption is handing in his resignation. If he has a shred of dignity and a shard of class he will immediately step down.
George’s offensive remarks came during a dispute over the scheduled starting time of the annual gay pride parade in June. The event was originally set to begin at 10am, but a priest bitterly complained that the starting time would interfere with morning services.
In an interview with Fox News in Chicago, Cardinal George said: “Well, I go with the pastor. I mean, he’s telling us that they won’t be able to have Church services on Sunday, if that’s the case. 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. So, I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don’t know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s, you know, position on that. Then I think that’s a matter of concern for all of us.”
Such backward and bigoted remarks cannot stand. We must stand up, speak out and fight back against the intolerance displayed by Cardinal George. If we don’t take a stand when we are compared to the KKK – when will we? The time to act is now by demanding that George immediately leave his post.
Letter to Archbishop George and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
I am calling on Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George to step down for his hideous and hurtful comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. How could a sane human being place law-abiding, peaceful citizens in the same category as a notoriously violent hate group?
Clearly, he has crossed so far over the line of basic decency that he couldn’t see it with a pair of binoculars. George’s bizarre and radical remarks were so “out there” that they undermined his credibility and permanently degraded his ability to serve as a public figure and as a respected voice of reason.
George’s statement was so extreme that apologizing will not be sufficient. The Cardinal’s only road to redemption is handing in his resignation. If he has a shred of dignity and a sliver of class he will immediately step down.
If the Roman Catholic Church truly stands for the dignity and respect of all people, they will immediately ask George to leave his post.