The press release put out by the “South Boston Allied War Veterans Council” – the outfit that operates the (in)famous South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade – is an amazing thing. I’m reprinting it here, in full, without editing. I have added emphasis.
6 March 2014
We would like to thank all of you who took the time to write letters, faxes and phone calls in support of our recent decision to deny the application submitted to us by LGBT Veterans for Equality. It became evident to us we were being misled by them and that is where negotiations ended. We have always tried to keep things on an even Kiel with regard to our changing community and political correctness. “Do not be fooled by the Trojan Horse”. Indeed all things are not what they seem. The Council has learned this the hard way. We’re not perfect, we’re a group of volunteers that love this parade. We appreciate your continued support in lieu of the derogatory correspondence some of you received as a plot to circumvent donations greatly needed to finance this parade. As you know, this parade is funded by our community and our corporate sponsors. We will not allow anyone to express harmful or inappropriate messages. This was a decision we made for the good of this parade.
Keep in mind, we are approached by all types of groups. Some of which try to destroy the integrity of not only this parade, but our faith, this town and our Country. And to those we say, “No!, stay home, Not in my town” Rest assured, we will continue to exclude anyone that tries to compromise the public’s enjoyment of this parade. We strive to host the largest and most entertaining parade anywhere. We are broadcast on live television, and draw crowds that exceed one million people.
We are tough proud South Bostonians, with deep scars from controversy that dates back decades. Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of our Irish. We love our parade. This parade is a chance for all to join together and celebrate the love of friends, family, and the faith of our community. We invite all to join us to celebrate this historic event, but we must maintain our guidelines to insure the enjoyment and public safety of our spectators.
See you all on the 16th of March.
“We’ll take you, and break you, but never forsake you, in Southie Our Hometown”
My biggest question about this: who are these groups whose goal is “to destroy the integrity of not only this parade, but our faith, this town and our Country”? Surely, the FBI or other authorities should be alerted to the presence of such nefariousness operating in our own community with such brazenness as to apply for admission to a parade!
Really, though, the document speaks for itself. And not in a good way. Glad to see that even a Southie stalwart like Congressman Steve Lynch has had just about enough, and seems unlikely to show up next weekend.