Saturday, March 18, 2006

It's not even a good metaphor
You've probably already seen this comment by the organizer of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, supposedly defending his decision to keep gay groups out of the parade, even those with a clear Irish identity.
John Dunleavy, the parade chairman, touched off a new controversy by comparing Irish gay activists to neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. In an interview yesterday in The Irish Times, Mr. Dunleavy was quoted as saying, "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade? If African-Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"

Of course, the statement is vile, disgusting, and an embarassment to New York and her Irish population. Dunleavy is a jerk who deserves the strongest condemnation. He's also completely incoherent. Reread his statement. What does it even mean? Does Dunleavy mean to say that gay organizations are hate groups dedicated to the extermination if the Irish nation?

Our job is almost too easy when they're not only hate filled bigots, but just plain stupid as well.

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