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Cardinal Likens Gay Rights Movement to KKK

Chicago's Francis George under fire
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2011 7:03 PM CST
Chicago Cardinal Francis George Likens Gay Rights Movement to Ku Klux Klan
Cardinal Francis George in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Gay rights groups in Chicago are criticizing the city's Catholic cardinal for drawing a comparison between the gay rights movement and the Ku Klux Klan, reports the Chicago Tribune. Weighing in on a dispute between a local pastor complaining about the timing of a gay pride parade, Cardinal Francis George told MyFox Chicago he sided with the pastor: "You don't want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism."

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Pressed by the interviewer, he didn't walk it back: “The rhetoric of the KKK and the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people—who is the enemy? The Catholic Church,” he said. A Catholic coalition that works toward LGBT rights called Francis' choice of words "crude" and "further evidence of just how insensitive and out of touch the hierarchy is." A diocesan spokesman said the remarks were taken out of context. (Read more Cardinal Francis George stories.)

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