Silent LGBT Protestors Refused Entry At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Threatened With Arrest

945488_450454325048207_56665560_nThe Catholic church added another absurd item to the long list of half-assed justifications for ostracizing the LGBT community, and this time, the NYPD got involved.

Yesterday, a group of LGBT Catholics and their allies stood in a “Dirty Hands Vigil” outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to protest a discriminatory statement released by Archbishop of New York City Timothy Dolan. Late last month, Dolan welcomed the LGBT community to the church in a blog post, so long as they “washed their hands” of sin beforehand.

The group, organized by HuffPo blogger Joseph Amodeo, stood in silent protest on the sidewalk in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with open palms covered in ash.

Shortly after, the NYPD showed up to keep these obviously unruly silent protestors calm, and notified the group that if they entered the Cathedral with dirty hands, they would be arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.

So much for separation of church and state!

None of the protestors entered the Cathedral, but Dolan hasn’t heard the last of Amodeo just yet. “I hope that the doors of the Cathedral will be opened to us not on a conditional basis,” he said, “but rather with the understanding that we are all created in the image and likeness of God.”

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  • hyhybt

    The protestors may have been wearing ash on their palms, but on this issue it’s the cardinal and his organization whose hands are dirty.

  • AgentCooper

    There aren’t Black KKK Members. There aren’t Jewish Nazi’s. Why are there Gay Christians???

    Know your enemy……

  • mramseymd

    These protesters have staged a false scene. They deliberately did something they knew would not be tolerated, then blamed it on sexual orientation. This stunt is untruthful and beneath the dignity of us all.

  • 2eo

    catholic intolerance and hatred of us by the police. They are in league and have being for decades co-ordinating arrests and police brutality for decades. It is the same in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Should be arresting catholics because of the rampant paedophilia, and releasing the names of the people who protect them.

  • Ellipse Kirk

    @2eo: You have that 1000% right. Pedophilia is a gaazillion times worse than a silent protest.

  • Merv

    There’s no dignity in begging for acceptance from people who hate you. Just f*ck ’em. Besides, it’s really not worth the anguish. Let go of that obsolete way of thinking. We’ve learned a lot in the last 2000 years about how the universe works.

  • jmps

    The Catholic Church has the right to discriminate. If we want the right to our civil rights give them the right to be bigots. We don’t want them meddling in our civil rights and we shouldn’t meddle in their rights to hate. Besides why on earth would any self-respecting gay person want anything to do with an institution that wants to see us burn for an eternity in hell?

  • Raquel Santiago

    Umm separation of church and state applies and those cops should have not even opened their mouths as they are not allowed to say their prejudice while on the job. Id have been writing down badge numbers and getting names.

  • 2eo

    @jmps: You see the problem is very clear, we want equality, they wish to force their beliefs on everyone regardless of whether they believe.

    I’ll never stop taking the fight to religion, because it has caused so much suffering and death, apart from age and disease it is the leading cause of death on the planet, bar nothing.

    I’ll say this in capital letters again because it can not be stressed enough.


    This is a very simple rule to live by.

  • Billysees

    ” Come to me, all of you who labor and are heavily burdened with something, and I will give you rest. ” — Those are comforting words from the heavenly Boss.

    The labor — is to be loved and accepted by all.

    The burdens — are those that mean-spirited and loveless people bestow upon LGBT folks so often.

    It’s obvious that the words of ” my Jesus ” are so much more meaningful than these churches that claim to represent His name.

  • Billysees

    @2eo: 9

    A very excellent comment —

    ” I’ll say this in capital letters again because it can not be stressed enough.


    This is a very simple rule to live by. “

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