Celebration of sin in St. Pat Parade – what to do?
By Charlie Butts
A constitutional attorney and traditional values commentator wonders whether faith-based groups can continue to march in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, now that homosexual groups have been permitted to participate in the event.
OneNewsNow — For years, homosexuals were allowed to march with other groups but not dedicate a float or use banners to promote their agenda. Now parade officials have caved and will allow it. Matt Barber is a constitutional attorney and founder of Barbwire.com.
“What was once billed as a Catholic event can no longer be called such,” Barber tells OneNewsNow. “They are openly allowing a sin-based organization to march in their parade and to effectively put their stamp of approval on what the Bible unequivocally calls sinful behavior.”
Faith-based organizations that want to remain loyal to the Bible have a decision to make as to whether to participate. Barber offers a suggestion.
“Some faith-based organizations could carry banners and so forth exclaiming the truths of scripture relative to homosexual sin,” he suggests. “[They could] use the opportunity to denounce what the New York City St. Patrick’s Parade organization has done here and to take them to task for casting aside the truths of scripture and disobeying the teachings of Christ.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will be next year’s grand marshal, says the parade committee “continues to have my confidence and support” – and he thanked them for keeping the parade “close to its Catholic heritage.”
But the editor of Catholic World News believes Dolan should step down as grand marshal. “Why don’t we just admit [the parade] has no religious significance,” asks Philip Lawler, stating he believes the parade is more of a civic event that has already lost much of its ties to religion. Allowing homosexuals to identify themselves as they march in the parade, he adds, “seems a contradiction in honoring a Catholic saint.”
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