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Bill Donohue: Boycott Guinness, Sam Adams & Heineken for pro-gay withdrawal

Bill Donohue
Bill Donohue

On March 17, 2014, at the same time anti-gay crusader Scott Lively was lashing out at "LGBT bullies" for opting out of the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade due to the refusal to allow LGBT groups to participate, fellow American Taliban spokesperson Bill Donohue was calling on Americans to boycott Guiness, Samuel Adams and Heineken for not backing the event:

Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, and Heineken, have pulled their sponsorship of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade; the Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams, has withdrawn its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade.

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.

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.

In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 decision that the First Amendment guarantees the right of private parade organizers to determine its own rules for marching. It is this liberty that the makers of Guinness, Heineken, and Sam Adams want to squash.

I have had my last Guinness and Sam Adams. Heineken was always slop, so there is no sacrifice there. I urge Catholics, and all those who believe in tolerance, diversity, and the First Amendment, to join with me in boycotting these brews.

Lost in Donohue's flailing temper tantrum, once again, is the fact that the First Amendment is exactly what was being exercised when Diageo and the Boston Beer Company withdrew their support from the event. Just as the parade organizers had the right to decide who could and could not march, the brewers were likewise under no obligation to participate if they felt differently.

No matter how loud or for how long they kick and scream, the American Taliban will never be able to disguise their contempt for the First Amendment as support for it.

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