Guinness decided not to sponsor this year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Here’s their statement on the reasoning –
“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” the beer company said in a statement.
This may very well be true. But Guinness also has another heritage. A heritage of Christian faith and values. A heritage that saw Guinness profits used to spread the Gospel and charity for the needy around the world.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade no longer has the religious connotations it once did, celebrating the Saint for his work in bringing the Gospel to Ireland, but there are still certain Catholic traditions that cling to the moving party. For example, the LGBT community are not welcome in the parade. Not surprising given the Parades religious history, but apparently the gay community wants to be a part of celebrating a religion that has called their activity sin for two thousand some years. Why? Who knows… it probably has something to do with the gay community’s desperate need for acceptance and control of everyone else.
Anyway, it’s sad to see Guinness, who embodies Ireland to most Americans, choose to withdraw from a parade that shares the same Christian heritage and history as itself simply because a small group of malcontents are upset that they don’t get to march in a parade.
It’s a sad day, Guinness… and I’m sure your founders would agree with me.
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