Protests against Cardinal Francis George planned for weekend

LGBT groups to demonstrate against Chicago's Catholic leader for comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan

Protests against Cardinal Francis George planned for weekend
06 January 2012

A group of LGBT activists in Chicago plan to demonstrate against Cardinal Francis George on Sunday in an effort to get the leader of the city's Catholic Church to apologize for comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan.

Participating in a demonstration in front of Holy Name Cathedral will be the Rainbow Sash Movement and the Gay Liberation Movement who have the  support of Equality Illinois.

Cardinal George objected to Chicago's Gay Pride Parade route going by one of the city's oldest Roman Catholic churches in June while service are taking place. The church is located just outside the city's famous Boystown neighborhood.

Organizers have since moved the parade's start time back but a controversy rages on because the George made the analogy that the LGBT community was like the Ku Klux Klan in that they wanted to parade around and 'stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church.'

He then repeated the analogy on the Archdiocese of Chicago's website.

'We are asking that Cardinal George publicly apologize to Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Community for his hostile and unreasonable remarks comparing the gay liberation movement to the KKK,' the groups said in a statement. 'We do not think this to be an unreasonable expectation.'

The groups say they bear no ill will to either the parishioners of Holy Name Cathedral or the broader Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place in front of Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash Ave. at noon on Sunday (8 January).

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