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Current Event Cat of the Day: Catholic Beer Boycott

Current Event Cat - Catholic Beer Boycott

Catholic League President and total buzzkill Bill Donohue is so angry that Guinness, Heineken, and Sam Adams pulled their sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston due to the organizers banning gay and lesbian groups that he’s calling for a beer boycott.

The Catholic League President is calling on all Catholics to boycott the three beer companies for supporting gay equality. Donohue called Guinness, Sam Adams, and Heineken’s decision to pull out of the parade a “bullying campaign” that goes against the First Amendment, which “guarantees the right of private parade organizers to determine its own rules for marching.” I suppose the First Amendment also guarantees beer companies to sponsor or support whoever they want, but that doesn’t fit into Bill Donohue’s argument.

“None of these companies believe in diversity. No gay person has ever been barred from marching in any St. Patrick’s Day parade, anymore than the parade bans pro-life Catholics or vegetarian Catholics; they simply cannot march under their own banner. The parade has one cause: honoring St. Patrick. Those who disagree do not have to march—that’s what diversity is all about” Donohue wrote on the Catholic League’s website.

The parade is quintessentially Catholic, beginning with a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is this Catholic element that angers those who are engaged in a bullying campaign against the St. Patrick’s Day parades. The bullies also have nothing but contempt for the constitutional rights of Irish Catholics.”

While Donohue considers ending his relationship with Guinness and Sam Adams a sacrifice, he didn’t have a hard time saying goodbye to Heineken.

Heineken was always slop, so there is no sacrifice there.”

Anyways, good luck getting Irish Catholics to stop drinking beer – especially when the majority of them support same-sex marriage and 100% of them support drowning their Irish Catholic guilt with beer.

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St. Patrick’s Day + Rob Ford = Another Drunken Video

Rob Ford St. Patrick's Day

A new video has emerged of Mayor Rob Ford that reportedly shows him slurring his words, swearing, stumbling, and generally acting like every other St. Patrick’s Day drunk.

Who would have thought that a holiday devoted to drinking would bring out the worst in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?

The footage, recorded outside City Hall on Saturday night by a “star-struck” suburban mom and her teenage son, shows the mayor wearing green St. Patrick’s Day beads and standing with a group of people. The mayor agreed to take a picture with them but then began slurring his words and swearing.

When reporters questioned him about the video during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, Ford appeared irritated and wouldn’t confirm whether or not he had been drinking – an activity he had sworn off months in November but quickly backtracked on, claiming he “wasn’t elected to be perfect”.

“Guys, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, alright? It’s about St. Patrick’s Day,” said Ford, who was wearing an oversized shiny-green bow tie and a shamrock necklace.

“Were you drinking last night? You never drink, right? You guys don’t drink,” he said when asked if he had been partying.

Still, it’s a vast improvement over his 2012 St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, during which Ford allegedly attacked two aides, referred to a South Asian taxi driver as a “Paki” and mocked his accent, stormed the dance floor of a downtown bar, threw a wild after-hours party inside the mayor’s office, and wandered around city hall with a half-empty bottle of booze. So yeah… he’s getting better, one St. Patrick’s Day at a time!

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Guinness & the Anti-Gay St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Guinness Cat Parade

A St. Patrick’s Day Parade without Guinness? That’s what’s going down in New York City after the Irish brewer pulled its sponsorship of the parade over the organizers’ exclusion of LGBT community members.

Guinness announced on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been banned from carrying signs or identifying their sexuality during the parade march. The parade organizers argue that allowing LGBT groups in the parade conflicts with their strict Roman Catholic/anti-homosexual heritage.

Guinness’s announcement came after Manhattan’s historic gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, said it would stop stocking Guinness over its support of the parade. The threat of gays boycotting Guinness was apparently enough to do the trick.

“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the brewer said on Sunday in a statement.

“We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”

Guinness wasn’t the only one to withdraw support from the parade. Last week New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not march in the parade because of the exclusion of gay and lesbian activists – but no one really cared as long as they had their precious beer. Then on Friday, Sam Adams and Heineken dropped their sponsorship of the Irish parades in both Boston and New York over the issue, prompting organizers to get a little nervous. And when Guinness pulled out of the festivities on Sunday, Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade got a little less Irish and a lot less fun.

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