I didn’t use the original headline for this story since it was a headline and an editorial “Gay men’s chorus silenced on eve of show at Catholic school”
West Palm Beach � Friday night was supposed to the be crowning achievement after nine months of twice weekly three-hour rehearsals by Voices of Pride, the Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches.
But instead of giving its premiere performance at Rosarian Academy on Flagler Drive, the group called more than 500 ticket holders to say the show had been canceled.
How in the world did anybody at this Catholic Grade school ever think this was a good idea to have a group called Voices of Pride, the Gay Men’s Chorus perform there? This school is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters who at least in the U.S. have been infected with progressive wackiness, so maybe that explains it.
“They’ve known from Day One that we were an openly gay organization,” Robert Beaulieu, president of the group’s board of directors, said. “That was the thing that was so fabulous, a Catholic facility warmly opening their doors to this gay organization.”
The school had a longstanding relationship with the chorus’ artistic director, had seen it perform and figured everything would be OK when it agreed to let Voices of Pride use the auditorium, school spokeswoman Carey O’Donnell said. That was until school officials saw the chorus rehearse six weeks ago and found some musical acts inappropriate for a Catholic-school setting, she said. The chorus was told the acts had to be removed and it agreed, O’Donnell said.
…At issue, Beaulieu said, were several songs and sketches, including Unchained Melody, Real Good Man and a spoof of the Broadway standard Old Fashioned Wedding from Annie Get Your Gun. For that, Beaulieu said, three of the 30 members wore wedding dresses. He said the songs were part of a medley, making it impossible to edit out numbers the night before.
“These little parodies and spoofs are things you would have seen on The Carol Barnett Show or Uncle Milty in the ’50s,” Beaulieu said. “It’s the fact that we’re gay … and it was perceived as men singing love songs to men. It’s men singing to an audience.”
Yeah a group of gay men in wedding dresses singing “Old Fashioned Wedding” is only “perceived as men singing love songs to men”, how could anybody make that foolish mistake?
…”I can’t say I blame them,” said O’ Hanlon, whose two children attend the school. “It could reflect on the image of the school.”
Just the image of the school? How about promoting the homosexual lifestyle to children? Of norming objectively grave behavior to Children. The name “Voice of Pride” does not invoke the idea of chastity for those who suffer from same-sex attraction, but instead is a PR slogan for homosexual acts.
Sanders, the school principal, made the decision to call off the show, but if she hadn’t, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach would have canceled it, his spokesman, Jim Brosemer, said.
…”It is imperative that the concert of the Voices of Pride be canceled at the academy,” Barbarito said in a written statement. “While the church is open to any means that promotes the dignity of every human person which is bestowed by God himself, it cannot provide a forum that would contradict its moral teaching.”
The principal’s statement sounds like Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito told her either she was to release a statement or that he would. Especially since they had try to say the cancellation was because of the “adult nature of some aspects of this performance” and not because it was never appropriate for this group to sing there in the first place. At least we can be thankful that more and more this type of nonsense is being exposed and stopped.