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Press tycoon Rupert Murdoch attacks gay groups for ‘bullying’

Australian-American business magnate accuses Guinness of being manipulated by gay rights organizations after the Irish drinks company pulled out of sponsoring New York City's St Patrick's Day parade
Rupert Murdoch has accused gay rights groups of 'bullying' companies.

Australian-American press tycoon Rupert Murdoch has attacked gay rights groups for ‘bullying’ today (17 March).

The owner of organizations such as US’ Fox News and UK’s The Sun and the now defunct News of the World stepped into the controversy surrounding the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Ireland’s most popular stout revealed it would no longer be sponsoring New York City’s parade.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, organizers of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US, ban gay groups from marching.

‘Where will this end?’ Murdoch asked on Twitter. ‘Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff.’

Guinness was praised by gay rights groups for choosing to drop sponsorship of the event.

‘Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers and employees: discrimination should never be celebrated,’ GLAAD’s CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said.

Murdoch has been criticized for his homophobic views before, allowing anti-gay content to appear in his newspapers and television stations.

On gay marriage, the twice-divorced business magnate said last year: ‘I believe it is wrong.

‘I’m considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned.

‘But I think that the family – father, mother children – is fundamental to our civilization.’

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Look mate,
using your money and power you Rupert Murdoch have been bullying people all over the world.

"Religious Parade"? Oh, yeah, that's right - the local Catholic Priest transubstantiates ALL of the Beer & Pretzels right before it starts! Give me a break. Even at my church's celebration yesterday, no mention was made of St. Patrick's use of the Shamrock to teach the Triune Nature of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - 3 leaflets making up one leaf, nor his driving the Druid/Pagan (Snakes) out of Ireland. This "HolyDay" has been secularized almost as badly as Christmas. (Hmmm, man in green suit comes down chimney to give presents to good children, not a bad idea: we could $eriou$ly Ca$h in on thi$.) This whole St. Patrick's thing is getting to be about as "Irish" as the Pesto Sauce I used on my Pasta Salad!

Ultimately, GUINNESS (and Samuel Adams) did the math - there are more of us and our supporters than there are haters like Murdoch. His time and tabloids are quickly passing.

Though, I have always found it amusing that his conservative broadcast noise box (FOX) is second only to cable's LOGO when it comes to Gay Friendly content. Nothing like working a crowd from both $ide$ ????

St Patrick's Day parades are a celebration of all things Irish and, whether the old hypocrite likes it or not, LGBT people are entitled to celebrate their Irish heritage too.