Phil Lawler of Catholic World Report posts on this story:
AUGUSTA – Crosses are out, shamrocks are in at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Augusta.
Organizers of the Irish-American Heritage Society’s parade have refused to allow a youth group from a local religious community to carry crosses in today’s parade.
‘Our position is we cannot be a platform for anyone’s views, standpoints on politics, religion, race; it doesn’t matter,” parade Chairman Earl Lovering said. ”We’re basically celebrating St. Patrick’s in the way the holiday has become to be known.”
Bill Conkright, who runs the Alleluia Community’s youth ministry, said he couldn’t believe his ears when he heard it, so he called the society’s president, Sean Burke.
What I thought was funny was that the “Irish-American Heritage Society” said no to this. Do they ponder what the word heritage means” “Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.” It definitely does not mean “has become to be known”, that is the opposite of heritage.