The Archbishop of Chicago is defending a controversial statement in which he compared the Gay Pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan.
The New York Daily News reports that the parade has a new route next year and that it might disrupt services at a Catholic church.
"You know, you don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism," Cardinal Francis George said last week. "So I think if that's what's happening, and I don't know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor's, you know, position on that."
Gay activists were outraged and called for George's resignation. Instead he defended his comparison, releasing a statement to the Chicago Tribune:
"Organizers [of the parade] invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate."