In yet another example where the modern Catholic Church is shown to be out of touch with changing times a Cardinal in Chicago, Illinois this week likened the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
According to MyFox Chicago Cardinal Francis George was speaking about a dispute between a local pastor and the timing of a gay rights pride parade when he told the local news station:
“You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”
When asked about his statement for clarification purposes he told his interviewer:
“The rhetoric of the KKK and the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people—who is the enemy? The Catholic Church.”
While many of the Cardinal’s supporters will likely focus on the type of public rhetoric campaigns being used his choice to specifically compare gay rights to such a hateful group seems ultimately planned.
In response to his hate filled comments an LGBT rights group called his choice in wording “crude” and “further evidence of just how insensitive and out of touch the hierarchy is.”
In responding to the remarks a diocesan spokesman said:
“Whether it was the best choice of analogy I don’t know. Taken out of context the meaning can be misinterpreted,” while they added, “I would suggest people read the whole interview.”
Even if the ultimate message from Cardinal Francis George was to show the similarities in rhetoric between two groups his crude position against gay rights with a close tie-in to the KKK was a poor choice in analogy.
Do you think the Cardinal could have found a less disrespectful analogy to get his point across?
The last thing the Catholic church needs at this time is more bad publicity which is exactly what they are receiving thanks to this message of misinformed hate.