As you've undoubtedly heard, a famous black Irish alcoholic drink (one I've never liked) has withdrawn its support for the New York St. Patrick's Day parade, because gay activists have been banned from politicising it. The same step has been taken by other
I haven't heard any complaints from the usual quarters about big business trying to dictate what people say and do. In fact, despite interventions like this, Marxists and semi-Marxists and quasi-Marxists of every type will continue to propagate the myth that big business promotes a 'conservative' agenda.
I don't care much about any of the parades. I don't care where Enda Kenny marches. St. Patrick's Day is not a celebration of Irishness, traditional or contemporary (except incidentally). It's not a celebration of diversity. It's a celebration of the saint who converted the Irish people to Christianity, and of the glorious fifteen-hundred-year history of Christianity in Ireland.
The real celebration of St. Patrick's Day is happening in Christian churches and homes, in Ireland and all over the world. Whatever secular celebrations take place are the business of the people conducting them. The only reason they have a day to celebrate today is because St. Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity.
It's not that I'm a killjoy. I'm all in favour of pretty much every parade. A parade is a good thing. People having fun and celebrating life is a good thing. Tourists wearing inflatable leprechaun hats are good thing. But why pretend they are celebrating St. Patrick if they are not?
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my readers.