Catholic League president Bill Donohue will not be raising a pint of Guinness in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this week.
With Sam Adams, Guinness, and Heineken all having opted NOT to sponsor the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston this week - because those in charge barred LGBT groups from participating - Donohue has called for a boycott of all three companies.
“None of these companies believe in diversity,” Donohue wrote on the Catholic League website, not trying to be ironic.
"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," he added.
"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."
Donahue believes critics are engaged in a “bullying campaign” and they have “nothing but contempt for the constitutional rights of Irish Catholics.”
None of the three beer companies are backing down, however.
Guinness said in a statement that it will continue to “work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy” and that it has a “strong history… of being an advocate for equality for all.”
To be clear, no one is actually banned from marching, but LGBT organizations are prohibited from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as such.
"I have had my last Guinness and Sam Adams," Donahue concluded. "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."